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NZ man guilty of killing journalist who ‘looked gay’

NZ man guilty of killing journalist who ‘looked gay’

A 20-year-old man has been found guilty of manslaughter after he admitted killing a New Zealand journalist he thought ‘looked gay’.

Nicho Allan Waipuka punched Phillip Cottrell on 10 December 2011, causing him to fall and hit his head on the concrete, cracking his skull into 20 pieces.

The 40-year-old Wellington man also broke his arm in two places and suffered multiple injuries to his face and neck.

The court heard from witnesses how Waipuka and 18-year-old Manuel Renera Robinson had been in the capital’s downtown Boulcott Street area looking for a fight before the incident.

Waipuka’s girlfriend Sylvanna Robinson-Stepien told the police that her boyfriend had targeted the victim because he looked gay, reported GayNZ.com

However, she denied making the statement during the trial, telling the jury: ‘It’s the most rubbish shit I’ve ever heard.’

Both defendents tried to pin the blame on each other but eventually the court found Robinson not guilty of attacking Cottrell.