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Murder accused was assaulted court hears

PUBLISHED: 15:32 26 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

A MAN charged with murder has told a jury how he was assaulted on the night he is accused of committing the offence.

Speaking at Norwich Crown Court, Lewis Carroll, 31, of Crocus Close, Ipswich, said that after witnessing an assault inside Kartouche nightclub in which murder victim Phil Hoi Phat Lui had been knocked out, he had followed the nightspot's bouncers down towards the entrance of the club to report what he had seen.

A MAN charged with murder has told a jury how he was assaulted on the night he is accused of committing the offence.

Speaking at Norwich Crown Court, Lewis Carroll, 31, of Crocus Close, Ipswich, said that after witnessing an assault inside Kartouche nightclub in which murder victim Phil Hoi Phat Lui had been knocked out, he had followed the nightspot's bouncers down towards the entrance of the club to report what he had seen.

However, he claims he was approached by a black male, punched in the face and received a broken nose which bled for a long time.

Asked by John Caudle, prosecuting, why he thought he had been punched, Carroll replied: "I don't know."

Mr Caudle said: "He accused you of having beaten the man upstairs. He thought you had attacked the man upstairs, didn't he?"

Carroll replied: "He had no reason to."

Carroll, together with Steven Lowe, 24, of Spring Road, Ipswich, has denied murdering 24-year-old Mr Lui on August 14. Toby Woods, 27, of Cosmeston Street, Cardiff, has denied a charge of violent disorder relating to Mr Lui on the same night.

Earlier today Carroll admitted that he had lied to police about getting a taxi home. He is accused of assaulting Mr Lui outside the club as well as inside, causing him fatal injuries. Carroll accepted that he had not got a taxi home and had lied to the police.

Carroll told how he had had many conversations with an Ipswich police officer following the attack, and claimed that he kept in close contact due to "a rumour mill" that had linked him to the attack.

Mr Caudle asked Carroll: "You wanted to know if he was dead, didn't you? You wanted to know if you were implicated, didn't you?" to which Mr Carroll replied: "It was all the talk of the town."

Mr Caudle continued: "You knew damn well you punched him, kicked him and stamped on his head, didn't you, and you wanted to know what was happening."

Mr Caudle and Carroll continued to argue over whether the police officer had contacted Carroll or vice versa, with Carroll claiming the officer was able to get his mobile phone number when he carried out security at the Ipswich police station Christmas party in 1999.

Carroll admitted that he had spoken to his co-defendant Steven Lowe following the attack and had been told of his [Lowe's] arrest – at that time on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

Carroll also said that he had heard he was being accused of throwing a man – whose identity was not specified in court – under a car. There was no mention of when or where this was carried out, but Carroll claims it was one of the reasons he had attempted to speak to the officer.

Mr Lui died from extensive head injuries nine days after being attacked both inside and outside the club.

Carroll has admitted fighting with Mr Lui's friend, John Catlow, and delivering two punches and a kick to a man lying on the ground [Mr Lui] outside the club, but said that witnesses describing the attack had "blown it up out of all proportion".

The trial continues.

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