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Murder jury hears doctor's evidence

PUBLISHED: 15:35 13 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

THE jury in the murder trial of a Suffolk night clubber was today told how the 24-year-old victim died of extensive head injuries and haemorrhaging to the brain.

THE jury in the murder trial of a Suffolk night clubber was today told how the 24-year-old victim died of extensive head injuries and haemorrhaging to the brain.

Dr Michael Heath, a consultant in forensic medicine based in London, gave evidence at the trial of Lewis Carroll, Steven Lowe and Toby Woods at Norwich Crown Court.

Carroll, 32, of Crocus Close, Ipswich, and Lowe, 24 of Spring Road, Ipswich, deny murdering Phil Hoi Phat Lui of Nacton Road in August.

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

The court heard that Dr Heath believes Mr Lui was rendered unconscious early on in the attack and was "incapable of defending himself".

"If someone was being attacked and they had their arms up to defend themselves, they would have injuries to the backs of their hands and arms. These are called defensive type wounds," he told the court.

"I did not find any of these wounds on the deceased."

Answering questions from Crown Prosecutor John Caudle, Dr Heath said that his post mortem examination on Mr Lui showed no evidence that the deceased had retaliated during the attack.

"Wounds such as an abrasion to the knuckles or backs of the hands would be caused during an offensive attack. In this case, there was not any," he said.

Mr Lui died in intensive care nine days after he was attacked inside and outside Kartouche nightclub on August 14 2000.

Mr Lui suffered extensive bruising to the right hand side of his head, abrasions to the back of the scalp and a lesion on the left hand side of his nose, Dr Heath told the court. Large bruises were found around the left armpit and on his chest.

A fracture to the side of Mr Lui's head was "most likely to be caused by a kick to the side of his head," said Dr Heath.

David Cocks, QC, for Lowe, suggested to the court that Mr Lui's fatal injuries were caused "in a determined and vicious attack" outside the club. Earlier, the court had heard that Lowe was not involved in any attack outside the club.

"The scenario is the injury which caused his death may have been caused outside the club," said Mr Cocks.

"I will not agree with that," replied Dr Heath. "It (his fatal injury) could have been caused with the initial impact or later."

"What happened outside the club was what would have finished him off," said Mr Cocks. "The vicious assault outside the club caused his death."

Dr Heath replied: "It contributed to his death."

The trial continues.

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