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CURFEW ORDER FOR NIGHTCLUB ATTACKER

PUBLISHED: 11:25 08 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

A MAN who attacked Chinese nightclub reveller Phil Hoi Phat Lui at Kartouche nightclub in Ipswich in August last year, has escaped a prison sentence at Norwich Crown Court.

A MAN who attacked Chinese nightclub reveller Phil Hoi Phat Lui at Kartouche nightclub in Ipswich in August last year, has escaped a prison sentence at Norwich Crown Court.

Toby Woods, aged 24, of Cosmeston Street, Cardiff had denied violent disorder in a trial at Norwich Crown Court in July but was found guilty.

Lewis Carroll, aged 31 of Crocus Close, Ipswich along with Steven Lowe aged 24 of Spring Road, Ipswich had both denied murder.

Carroll was found guilty of murder and jailed for life and Lowe was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter but was jailed for 15 months for assaulting Mr Lui's friend John Catlow, causing him actual bodily harm on the same night.

Woods had denied a charge of violent disorder but was found guilty. The court heard he had held Mr Lui, 24, around the throat inside the club making his victim choke.

Mr Lui was kicked in the body and head by Carroll and Lowe, it was claimed.

Mr Lui was later attacked outside the club and died from his injuries.

The court heard how Woods had left Ipswich and started a new life in Wales with a different job.

Defending him Peter Binder QC said: "He did not start the incident and it was not premeditated. He had not been acting in an aggressive manner. He grabbed Mr Lui from behind but there is no evidence concerning the degree of force and it lasted only a few seconds."

Giving him a curfew order for six months and ordering him to do 200 hours work for the community Judge David Mellor told him: "It is quite clear you released him immediately when a female was upset at what was happening. You then went to the bar and took no further part in what followed."

Judge Mellor added: "You are an intelligent and educated man and have a family and you are in work and are capable of being a useful member of society.

"Society will be better off if you continue to work."

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