High court trial for Cottrell murder accused

00:30, Mar 29 2012
Phillip Cottrell
MURDERED: Phillip Cottrell, the Radio NZ journalist who died after being beaten in Wellington's Boulcott St.

A teenager charged with the murder of Radio New Zealand bulletins editor Phillip Cottrell is to be committed for trial.

Manuel Robinson, 17, was remanded for a week by Wellington District Court judge Mike Behrens, QC, for the committal to take place. He will then appear in the High Court.

Robinson was arrested after Cottrell was found beaten in Boulcott St in the early hours of December 10 after he had been walking home from work.

He died in hospital the next day.

Robinson was given bail last year and Judge Behrens amended the bail conditions to allow him "more movement" the judge said.

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