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Friend's tribute to murder victim

PUBLISHED: 13:09 04 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

A FRIEND of Phil Hoi Phat Lui who saw him just ten minutes before he was brutally attacked has described the "kind" and "generous" friend he has lost.

Rowland Boxall, knew Mr Lui from his days as a student at Suffolk College, he said he was with him at Kartouche on the night he was beaten so savagely he would later die from his injuries.

A FRIEND of Phil Hoi Phat Lui who saw him just ten minutes before he was brutally attacked has described the "kind" and "generous" friend he has lost.

Rowland Boxall, knew Mr Lui from his days as a student at Suffolk College, he said he was with him at Kartouche on the night he was beaten so savagely he would later die from his injuries.

The 19-year-old, who now works for a communications company in Ipswich, said: "I spoke to him on that night. He was really happy, dancing away like he always did, with a drink in his hand. He was having a good time."

Mr Boxall said he left the club completely unaware of the tragic drama that would unfold just ten minutes after his departure.

"I didn't think anything. He was smiling and happy, I didn't think anything was wrong. I don't understand how it could have all started"

He continued: "I heard the next day that something had happened to Phil. A friend came and told me. I was so shocked.

"He wasn't in to fighting that's for sure, he was a friendly guy who always spoke to anybody."

Mr Boxall recalls returning to college after the summer break and informing students who hadn't heard the news about Mr Lui's death. "When I got back to college some people didn't know about it. It wasn't good."

Nearly a year on and the former student says he and other friends are still struggling to come to terms with what happened but that he remembers Mr Lui in a positive light.

He said: "I remember him as being very likeable, always smiling. He always had time for anybody.

"I went up with him to the gym, Fitness First, he was quite into that. We used to drink in the bar and play pool, he was quite good and would always beat me.

"He used to work in the Chinese takeaway on Nacton Road with his brother. If anybody needed a job they could always work with him as a delivery boy or something. His house was always open and loads of people would stay there."

Another former student at Suffolk College, who did not want his identity revealed, has echoed the sentiments of Mr Boxall.

The 22-year-old said: "Lots of people knew him he was that type of bloke. He was very friendly and very generous. He would always buy you a drink if you were skint or lend you money. He would always give people a lift in his car if they needed it.

He added that he had gone clubbing with Mr Lui on a couple of occasions but not on the night he was attacked.

"He used to get drunk and could be loud but he was not the sort to get into that sort of situation.," he said.

"He was quite a muscular sort of bloke, who liked his image. He was quite into body building."

"I heard about it from a friend. I knew somebody had died in the club but didn't know who it was when I found out I was gutted. Everybody at college was just really shocked."

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