Killer's drug induced rage

PUBLISHED: 13:06 04 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

KILLER Carroll was a violent psychotic fired by bloodlust and racism and fuelled by drugs, said an Ipswich worker who has seen his most terrifying side.

KILLER Carroll was a violent psychotic fired by bloodlust and racism and fuelled by drugs, said an Ipswich worker who has seen his most terrifying side.

Two weeks after a jury cleared Carroll of a racially motivated attack on HMV security officer Michael Lewis last July, the bouncer came looking in for his accuser.

Failing to find him in the shop, Carroll vented his drug-enhanced rage on a defenceless young nightclubber, leaving him with horrific injuries he would die from nine days later.

In a graphic account of the alleged attack that Carroll was cleared of just weeks before he killed, Mr Lewis has spoken of brutal similarities between the Phil Hoi Phat Lui's murder and the assault which he claims Carroll subjected him to after catching him trying to steal a CD from the store.

"He had both his hands around my neck and tried to bite me. My colleagues were trying to pull him off but he was in a total rage, growling. He basically tried to strangle me. I got cuts on the side of my neck where his nails were dug in."

In a brutal warning of the savagery that Carroll was capable of, the bouncer tried to sink his teeth into his victim as he gripped him like a vice around the neck, Mr Lewis said.

"He was going for my face, trying to get the bite in. He would have bit my neck or head. I'm this close and all he can see is me and my face.

"He had his hands on my mouth and put his fingers in the side of my mouth, splitting the inside of my lip."

"When they put him in the police wagon he was still kicking and screaming as they took him away," Mr Lewis said.

Within hours of the incident, Carroll's contacts arrived on the door to issue Mr Lewis with a warning that he would be sought out.

A jury at Ipswich Crown Court cleared Carroll of the attack but the sorry saga was not over for the unfortunate Mr Lewis as the man he had accused in court hunted him down after the verdict.

"He was in this store [on the day of the attack on Mr Lui]. It was my day off and I got a call to say he's been in. He just walked in with two other guys and was walking around when he was approached by a security guard who said: 'He's not here, do you want me to tell him you called?' and he said: 'No, I'll see him later'. He was looking around for me.

"He was told not to come back. Basically, he wanted to face me up and have a laugh to prove the point he was invincible. The court case was just two weeks before."

Mr Lewis said that had the verdict gone the other way, Carroll would have been behind bars on the night he launched the murderous attack on Mr Lui, lunging open-mouthed at his victim's face to almost tear his nose off with his teeth.

Carroll would have found 24-year-old nightclubber Mr Lui unable to put up the same resistance as Mr Lewis, a security worker for more than a decade.

"I said to myself after the case, 'Fine, he's got away with it but people like him will get caught'. My regret is that I thought that then and now this Chinese guy is dead. I'd rather Carroll was caught for assault than for murder.

"When I heard that he was involved I wasn't surprised at all," Mr Lewis said learning of Carroll's savage, fatal attack on Mr Lui. "It had to be senseless violence, possibly of a racial motive. For me, that fitted his description down to a tee.

"From what little I know about him and the little dealings I've had with him, he's definitely violently racially motivated. He's violent anyway but that's an extra angle.

"He's a psycho. He has to fight people and people are intimidated by him. That's why he's been allowed to get away with it.

"The overwhelming fact is that is if he had been dealt with and told his luck and intimidation didn't work, he wouldn't have been looking for a fight. It's crazy.

"My heart goes out to the parents of the young lad. Carroll is known as a nightmare. If I'm going to make an enemy I like to find out who he is. I've been finding out where he works and avoiding those places.

"There was talk of 'Roid Rage'. He thought he was going to go to prison last year and he was on steroids so he'd look like could look after himself. One of the side effects of too much steroids is a mega-quick temper with added strength. Not a good thing. A psychotic thing."

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