Journalist Phillip Cottrell murder accused in court

Phil Cottrell Phil Cottrell worked at BBC Scotland in Glasgow before moving abroad

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One of two teenagers accused of murdering a British journalist in New Zealand has appeared in court.

Nicho Waipuka, 19, appeared at Wellington District Court, charged with murdering 43-year-old former BBC Scotland journalist Phillip Cottrell.

He was remanded in custody. Co-accused, Manuel Robinson, 17, has been released on bail until a hearing next month.

Mr Cottrell died after a suspected street attack on 10 December after leaving work at Radio New Zealand.

It is believed that he was assaulted minutes after leaving the independent station where he worked as a news editor.

He was found unconscious by a taxi driver outside a Baptist Church on Boulcott Street in Wellington at about 05:30 on 10 December.

Mr Cottrell died the following day in hospital.

The 43-year-old had worked for BBC Scotland in Glasgow before settling in New Zealand.

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