Killer's mindless fury

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

THE mindless fury of Lewis Carroll may have been fuelled by drugs as the killer popped ecstasy pills as if they were sweets stocked up on steroids to bulk up, those who knew him said.

THE mindless fury of Lewis Carroll may have been fuelled by drugs as the killer popped ecstasy pills as if they were sweets stocked up on steroids to bulk up, those who knew him said.

Carroll - a bouncer who also worked under the name Dave Lewis Security - exhibited the most extreme effects of steroid abuse as he vented his unprovoked aggression on the people of Ipswich, the man he was cleared of attacking just days before Phil Hoi Phat Lui's murder said.

Others who knew the killer during his decade-long reign on the doors of Suffolk clubs said the ecstasy tablets he both took and dealt spurred his anger.

Research on the side effects of steroid abuse has revealed that too much of the drugs can have profound effects on the mind, causing temporary personality changes and violence. Users are reported to often exhibit "Roid Rage" - uncontrolled aggression, massive mood swings and manic episodes.

In a chilling description of the effects of steroid-related fury, some research talks of those who misuse the drugs experiencing delusions, impaired judgement and feelings of invincibility.

Talk in the town after Mr Lui's murder was that Carroll had been abusing steroids (which help promote muscle mass and increased strength), to a prepare for the chance he might be jailed if found guilty of the attack on security guard Michael Lewis.

Imprisoned for eight months in 1995 for wounding, Carroll knew what to expect behind bars and was keen to protect himself if sent back.

But when a jury cleared the crazed Ipswich father of racially aggravated assault in July last year, instead of keeping his head down Carroll embarked on an orgy of violence that would end in the death of a 24-year-old student a month later.

In the days before the attack on Mr Lui in Kartouche nightclub and in the street outside the venue, the killer's life had teetered on the edge of the law. Living with his girlfriend and their young daughter in Crocus Close, for weeks his future had hung in the balance as he awaited a verdict on the alleged on attack store-guard Mr Lewis.

During this time, he was swindling the state both working as a doorman and claiming sickness benefit after allegedly injuring himself falling down stairs.

And a month and a day before the fatal assault on Mr Lui - which started at a student night in the central Ipswich club - the security firm Carroll started years before in Felixstowe was declared bankrupt.

Weeks before his name featured in the Evening Star accused of the murder of former Orwell High School pupil Mr Lui, Carroll's name appeared under a bankruptcy notice.

The announcement on June 23 stated that the High Court of Justice had made a Bankruptcy Order on June 12 against "Lewis Carroll, currently a security doorman of the flat 33 Foxhall Road and lately trading at 48 Clarkson Street as a security doorman Dave Lewis Security."

Named after the Victorian children's fairytale writer, the Ipswich killer bore little in common with his namesake, terrifying - rather than enchanting - those he came into contact with.

The dad-of-six, who was born in Ipswich and left school in Nacton with no qualifications, was feared by those who knew his tendency to fly into violent rages fuelled by drink and drug binges.

"He was a nut-case," said an Ipswich man who asked for his identity to be kept secret due to Carroll's chilling reputation. "Everybody in the club scene knew him or knew of him. When he was straight he was a top guy but there were two sides to him.

"Towards the end, he was doing ecstasy like it was Smarties. His problem was drugs definitely. He would turn up at places off his face, chewing for England. Drugs got the better of him."

Certain types of lager would provoke a particularly unpleasant reaction in the bouncer who worked doors in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Braintree before he murdered Mr Lui, a man who knew the killer said.

"He had an intolerance to a (chemical) in some beers," the man said. "Certain types and he goes off the scale."

As well as drinking and popping ecstasy, Carroll - the son of a former Royal Navy serviceman - was injecting himself with steroids, the man said.

"He wasn't afraid of anyone or anything. People weren't surprised at what happened. It was a fact it would happen sooner or later. He went downhill fast."

On the night Mr Lui was attacked, Carroll had been drinking since 4pm, he said. Carroll had gone out with a large group of Ipswich bouncers and they had ended up at Kartouche's student night.

"It was a doormen's night out. Unfortunately things went very wrong," said the man.

Throughout the four-week murder trial, a bespectacled Carroll engaged in bizarre displays of emotion, rolling his eyes as the horrendous list of injuries inflicted on his victim was read to the court. As the jury heard terrifying details of the fatal attack, Carroll would often smile at friends or family in the public gallery as if oblivious or uncomprehending of the sombre circumstances that had brought him there.

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