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Murder jury told of vicious attack

PUBLISHED: 16:02 18 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

A MOTORIST told a jury today how he saw a fight between three people on the pavement outside an Ipswich nightclub.

Tristan Smith said that he was in his vehicle with his girlfriend when he witnessed the attack at Kartouche.

A MOTORIST told a jury today how he saw a fight between three people on the pavement outside an Ipswich nightclub.

Tristan Smith said that he was in his vehicle with his girlfriend when he witnessed the attack at Kartouche.

He told Norwich Crown Court he was driving along Commercial Road towards the club.

"One was on the floor and one was partially standing up and both of these people were being kicked by another man who was standing up. They were being kicked repeatedly.

"I could not see where the kicks were landing. I phoned the police on my mobile but then cancelled it when I saw a police car round the corner. I stopped and told the policeman about the fight."

Before the court are Lewis Carroll, 32, of Crocus Close, Ipswich and Steven Lowe, 34, of Spring Road, Ipswich, who have both denied murdering 24-year-old Phil Hoi Phat Lui, whose parents live in Felixstowe.

He was kicked and punched in the club and also outside on August 14 last year and died from his injuries on August 23.

Toby Woods, 27,of Cosmeston Street, Cardiff, has denied violent disorder.

Another witness, Steven Harris, said he saw Lowe in the club punch a Chinese boy in the face.

"I did not see Lowe holding him at all and I did not see anyone else punching him. The Chinese boy was on the ground and then I carried on drinking." He added that the doormen then carried the Chinese boy out.

He said he saw Carroll in the club later.

Harris told the court: "His face was bleeding and he said he had been hit by a black man. I went to the hospital with him. As I left the club I saw someone lying on the ground outside. I went to the hospital and saw an ambulance pulling up outside. Carroll was laughing."

He claimed he had been drinking in a pub with Carroll that night when there was a fight at Kartouche and had gone to the club with him.

He said he saw Lowe in the bar area. He then saw the fight.

In answer to Courtenay Griffiths QC, defending Carroll, he said he did not see Carroll involved in the fight with the Chinese man inside the club.

Earlier the jury heard that Joanne Bullard, mother of Lowe's young son Curtis had started a relationship with Lowe in February 1998. The relationship was on and off during 1999.

She saw Lowe about a week after the fight and claimed he had told her he was in a fight inside the club.

She said he hadn't told her what he had done. He told her he had been arrested and then released on bail.

In answer to David Cocks QC, defending Lowe, she agreed she was not on good terms with Lowe and there had been rows concerning access to his son.

The trial continues.

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