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Murder trial is told of four phone calls

PUBLISHED: 15:58 20 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

ONE of two Ipswich men accused of the murder in the town of Chinese man Phil Hoi Phat Lui telephoned police two days after the alleged incident claiming he saw the other man in the dock punch someone.

ONE of two Ipswich men accused of the murder in the town of Chinese man Phil Hoi Phat Lui telephoned police two days after the alleged incident claiming he saw the other man in the dock punch someone.

Pc Mark Pollikett told Norwich Crown Court how Lewis Carroll, 32, of Crocus Close, rang him four times on August 16 last year, two days after an incident at the Kartouche nightclub where 24-year-old Mr Lui was punched and kicked and had part of his nose bitten off.

Carroll, along with Steven Lowe, 34, of Spring Road, have both denied murdering Mr Lui, who died on August 23.

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

Pc Pollikett said he had known Carroll for about 18 months.

The court heard that Carroll had phoned the officer claiming he saw someone punch a man three times. He said he thought that man was Lowe. Pc Pollikett said that Carroll told him the doormen had then carried the injured man downstairs. Carroll had said he thought Lowe "was out of order."

He said he saw Lowe punch a man in the face three times. Carroll then claimed another man, who was black, had punched him in the nose.

He thought the man was drunk and didn't know why he had punched him. Carroll said he then got into a taxi with a friend, Steven Harris, and went home.

Pc Pollikett received another phone call from Carroll at 10.30am. Carroll had told him that Mr Harris would make a statement if needed. Carroll said his nose had been broken by the man who attacked him.

The jury heard that he told Pc Pollikett he was concerned as he had heard police wanted to see him but he claimed he had not done anything wrong.

Pc Pollikett said he phoned Carroll and told him to come to the police station for an interview and Carroll told him he was working in London. Carroll said he would talk to his brief and then get back to him.

Pc Pollikett said he told Carroll to contact the police as soon as possible.

David Cocks QC, defending Lowe, suggested Carroll was trying to "put the blame on Lowe." Pc Pollikett replied: "Carroll said he thought Lowe was involved."

The court heard that Mr Lui had suffered at least two bites on his nose.

John Ritchie, a dental surgeon and forensic odontologist, said he examined bite marks on Mr Lui's nose at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, and then compared them with dental impressions fromthe defendants.

"I concluded that the marks on Mr Lui's nose did not come from Lowe or Woods."

He said they matched those of Carroll.

The case continues.

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