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Murder jury told of Shaggy lyrics

PUBLISHED: 15:39 31 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

A PROSECUTION barrister chose the title of a number one hit record to describe the defence of two men charged with murder.

A PROSECUTION barrister today chose the title of a number one hit record to describe the defence of two men charged with murder.

John Caudle concluding his summing up, told the jury at Norwich Crown Court that Lewis Carroll, of Crocus Close, Ipswich, and Steven Lowe, of Spring Road, Ipswich, had tried to "blame each other and everyone else" for the murder of Phil Hoi Phat Lui in Kartouche Nightclub in August last year.

Carroll, 31, and Lowe, 24, both deny murdering Mr Lui.

He also said the same of Toby Woods, 27, who denies a charge of violent disorder in the club.

He said: "There is a song that was recently in the charts called It Wasn't Me by a man who rejoices in the name of Shaggy. That song fits these defendants. The lyrics even say 'She caught me on camera, it wasn't me'. That is what the defendants would have you believe."

Earlier in the day Mr Caudle had called Carroll Ipswich "daft and stupid".

He told how Carroll alleges that he became involved in a fight with Mr Lui outside the club in which Mr Lui suffered injuries and Carroll was also hurt.

However, Mr Caudle said the jury had heard from Mr Heath, a doctor who examined Mr Lui's body, that it was "extremely likely" that Mr Lui was either unconscious or near unconsciousness due to the attack that had happened inside Kartouche earlier.

"Mr Carroll is both daft and stupid in what he says. He must be regretting ever saying it," said Mr Caudle.

During the case the court has heard from all three defendants who all say they were not involved in an attack on Mr Lui inside the club and all blame each other.

Carroll does admit a minor attack outside the club on Mr Lui because he says Mr Lui had "jarred him off".

Carroll alleges that Lowe started the fight by hitting Mr Lui in the club, while Lowe alleges it happened the other way round.

Woods claims he saw Lowe punch Mr Lui twice before dragging Mr Lui away from the scene. However, the prosecution case is that Woods held Mr Lui in a tight headlock so that "his eyes were popping out of his head".

The trial continues.

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