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Court told of threat to bite off nose

PUBLISHED: 14:53 12 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

A SECURITY officer today told how a man charged with murder threatened a co-defendant by saying he would "bite his nose off".

A SECURITY officer today told how a man charged with murder threatened a co-defendant by saying he would "bite his nose off".

Anthony Roberts, a custody officer for Group 4 Security, based at Norwich Crown Court, gave evidence at the trial of Lewis Carroll, Steven Lowe and Toby Woods.

Carroll, 32, of Crocus Close, Ipswich and Lowe, 24, of Spring Road, Ipswich deny murdering Phil Hoi Phat Lui of Nacton Road in August.

Toby Woods, 27, of Cosmeston Street, Cardiff, denies a charge of violent disorder.

The court heard that Mr Roberts was positioned between Carroll and Lowe in the dock at an earlier hearing in December.

Answering questions from Crown prosecutor Adam Budworth, Mr Roberts said that Carroll persistently threatened Lowe during the hour-long hearing on December 20.

Mr Budworth said: "During the course of that hearing could you describe the behaviour of Mr Carroll?"

Mr Roberts replied: "During the course of that hearing Mr Carroll was threatening Mr Lowe."

He continued: "He was continually pointing two fingers at Mr Lowe and making a noise as though a gun was going off."

Mr Roberts said he had taken a note of some of the things he heard Carroll saying. He read them out in court. The threats included: "I will bite your nose off," and "I don't care if it takes 20 years I will get you. You're dead."

Courtenay Griffith, QC, asked if Mr Roberts knew that that was the first time since their arrest that Carroll and Lowe had seen each other, to which Mr Roberts said: No.

David Cox QC, for Lowe, asked Mr Roberts if he thought Lowe had shown restraint. He answered: Yes.

Earlier in the day, the court heard from nightclubber Anthony Aidoo. He told the court that he had seen a Chinese man being attacked in Kartouche. Mr Aidoo said the same man who attacked and stamped on the face of the Chinese man also pushed his friend. Mr Griffith said it was possible that Mr Aidoo had confused the two men to be the same person and that the man who attacked his friend was not the same man who attacked the Chinese man.

The trial continues.

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