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I saw victim attacked by four

PUBLISHED: 13:53 11 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

A NIGHTCLUBBER today recalled how he saw student Phil Hoi Phat Lui assaulted by four different individuals on the night his fatal injuries were inflicted.

By TRACEY SPARLING

Tracey.sparling@ecng.co.uk

A NIGHTCLUBBER today recalled how he saw murder victim Phil Hoi Phat Lui assaulted by four different individuals on the night his fatal injuries were inflicted.

Mr Lui, 24, of Nacton Road, Ipswich, died in intensive care nine days after he was attacked inside and outside Kartouche nightclub on August 14, 2000.

Lewis Carroll, 32, of Crocus Close, Ipswich, and Steven Lowe, 24, of Spring Road, Ipswich, deny murder but admit causing actual bodily harm to John Catlow.

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

Tom Blake told a jury at Norwich Crown Court today that he saw Mr Lui punched by a stocky man, then held from behind. He said Mr Lui was then punched again by another man who he knew worked at the Falcon pub, so hard that "it nearly knocked him out".

Mr Blake said: "I think he stayed on his feet but he was not OK. He was a bit wobbly."

Mr Blake said he saw Mr Lui lying face up and a stocky man stamp on the left side of his head, before Mr Lui was carried out of the club by bouncers.

Mr Blake said he saw Toby Woods, who he knew worked at Brannigans nightclub and as a doorman at Pals hold Mr Lui with an arm round his waist and across his chest but not choking or restraining him.

The court also heard from Stephen Gardiner who was co-licensee of the Falcon pub with his wife at the time of the attack.

Mr Gardiner said he saw Steven Lowe with a friend called Sean drinking in the pub on the day of the attack. He said they arrived at 11.45am and continued drinking until 10.30pm and playing pool.

Mr Gardiner said "Steve" was quite upset because a bouncer had been threatening his wife and family, and both Steve and Sean left the pub for an hour at about 4pm to go and look for the bouncer but then returned.

Mr Gardiner showed the jury a Polaroid photograph he had taken at about 7pm of Steve who he said was fine despite having drunk several "after shock" cinnamon liquers.

The court also heard from Andrew Cooper, joint licensee of Manning's pub on the Cornhill, who had seen a Chinese looking man drinking at the venue on the night in question, with three friends earlier in the evening. Mr Cooper said the group had appeared to be jovial and enjoying themselves.

The trial continues.

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