The man who killed Wellington journalist Phillip Cottrell in Boulcott Street was today sentenced to twelve years and ten months in prison, reports Radio New Zealand (which was the journalist’s employer).
Nicho Waipuka was convicted of manslaughter but cleared of murder by a jury in December. Co-accused Manuel Robinson was found not guilty.
Radio New Zealand quotes the judge as saying Waipuka would not be eligible for parole for eight-and-a-half years. The judge said he strongly considered life imprisonment, even though it has not been applied to manslaughter for at least 10 years.
He told the court that Waipuka had 24 previous convictions, of which three were for violence.
The full RNZ report is here
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