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Accused called a liar at murder trial

PUBLISHED: 12:59 30 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

A MAN accused of murder has been called a "liar" in court and had his evidence contradicted by a co-defendant.

A MAN accused of murder has been called a "liar" in court and had his evidence contradicted by a co-defendant.

Steven Lowe, 24, is accused of killing Phil Hoi Phat Lui on August 14 last year in an incident in Kartouche nightclub, along with Lewis Carroll, 31.

Both men have denied the charge, at Norwich Crown Court.

However, today Toby Woods, 27, of Cosmeston Street, Cardiff, who is accused of violent disorder in an incident that also concerned Mr Lui in the club, contradicted evidence given by Lowe, of Spring Road, Ipswich, stating that Lowe had thrown punches inside the club and was "fired up".

Lowe said it was Carroll, of Crocus Close, Ipswich, that threw punches and Carroll claims Lowe repeatedly hit Mr Lui.

Asked what he saw by prosecution counsel John Caudle, Woods replied: "I saw Steven Lowe hit the Chinese gentleman twice."

It was later claimed that Woods also saw Carroll hit Mr Lui in a later incident in the club.

Carroll is accused of following Mr Lui out of Kartouche and then attacking him, resulting in his death.

The court also heard that Lowe had alleged that two weeks after the murder took place, he was set upon in a pub in Ipswich by a group of 12 men, one of whom was Woods.

Being questioned by his defence barrister Peter Binder QC, Woods told the court how that was not possible because he was in South Wales at the time.

Further questioned by Courtenay Griffiths QC, defending Carroll, Woods was asked "How do you know you were in South Wales on that particular day, August 27?"

Woods replied: "I had just started to settle down and that was the day my grandmother was taken very ill. I do know I was there."

Mr Griffiths replied: "It is quite clear isn't it Mr Woods that Mr Lowe is a liar?"

Mr Woods replied: "Yes he is." Referring to the nightclub incident in Kartouche Mr Griffiths said: "This much is clear isn't it Mr Woods that Mr Lowe started it?" Mr Woods replied: "Yes he did."

Mr Griffiths continued: "Putting it bluntly Steven Lowe was up for it wasn't he?"

To which Woods replied: "It seemed that way."

Woods denies the charge of violent disorder against him.

Then being questioned by David Cocks QC for Lowe, Woods admitted that he only saw Lowe make contact with Mr Lui's face once, saying "I never said about contact. I was just talking about them throwing punches. As I said with Carroll, they each only made contact once."

Earlier the court heard how Woods claimed he intervened between Lowe and Mr Lui and pulled Mr Lui away with his hands "firmly" around Mr Lui's neck and chest.

Lowe claims that Woods had Mr Lui in a headlock.

Woods claims he was just getting Mr Lui out of the way saying: "I didn't want any trouble and I thought Mr Lui would be the easiest person to take out of the equation and diffuse the situation."

Mr Griffiths asked Woods: "When you were arrested did it surprise you?"

To which Woods said: "Yes it did."

The trial continues.

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