The Sunshine Coast teenager died after an attack in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.
The Sunshine Coast teenager died after an attack in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley. Photo: Facebook

Cole Miller's accused killer has his day in court

A MAN involved in Sunshine Coast teen Cole Miller's death has pleaded guilty.

Armstrong Renata, 22, entered a guilty plea to unlawful striking causing death as his case was committed to Brisbane Supreme Court for sentence.

Mr Miller, 18, died after being struck on January 3 this year while walking through Fortitude Valley in the early hours of the Sunday morning.

The Crown withdrew a grievous bodily harm charge but an unlawful striking causing death charge remains.

The Crown's legal officer said there was a large number of witnesses as she handed up witness statements and exhibit lists.
 

Paddle out at Mooloolaba Beach for the remembrance of Cole Miller. His mum Mary-Leigh Miller (green and pink trim outfit).
Paddle out at Mooloolaba Beach for the remembrance of Cole Miller. His mum Mary-Leigh Miller (green and pink trim outfit). Patrick Woods

Lawyer Mitchell Cunningham said his client accepted there was a prima facie case against him and he should be submitted for sentence.

Standing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court dock wearing a Manly Sea Eagles jersey, Mr Renata nodded as Queensland's Deputy Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo formally committed the charge to the Brisbane Supreme Court.

When asked if he wished to enter a plea, Mr Renata simple replied "guilty".

Another man is also charged over Mr Miller's death but his case is still progressing through the courts. 

It is possible Mr Renata could be sentenced for his involvement before the end of the year.

He did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody. 

-ARM Newsdesk


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