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Murderer leaves legacy of fear and shame

PUBLISHED: 13:18 06 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

AS Ipswich doorman Lewis Carroll begins a life sentence for murdering a town nightclubber, The Evening Star today reveals the legacy left by the barbaric killing.

AS Ipswich doorman Lewis Carroll begins a life sentence for murdering a town nightclubber, The Evening Star today reveals the legacy left by the barbaric killing.

Five families are today struggling to rebuild their lives after the fatal attack on Phil Hoi Phat Lui by Carroll – a man fuelled by drink, drugs and uncontrollable rage.

The brutal beating of a student out celebrating his friend's birthday started in a Suffolk nightclub and ended in the street outside when club doormen left the semi-conscious victim to fend for himself.

The crazed killer – a bouncer at another club – followed his victim into the night where he ripped into his nose with his teeth.

Carroll's lust for vengeance is said to be so strong that his former friend and co-accused Steven Lowe lives in terror after testifying against him.

Lowe was acquitted of murder and manslaughter but sentenced to 15 months in prison for an attack on Mr Lui's friend John Catlow.

In the wake of the murder trial, a senior Ipswich police officer said today that systems are now in place to make clubs take greater responsibility for their customers' wellbeing.

And he warned that venues could put their Public Entertainment Licenses at risk if they fail to take proper care of revellers.

"We can't just have people ejected, have them beaten up and then left to their own devices. That's just not on," said Chief Inspector Alan Pawsey.

The Star reveals that hours before the murder, killer Carroll attended a meeting of Ipswich bouncers to discuss changes to the regulation of doorstaff in the town. Among the imminent developments was a scheme aimed at stopping those with convictions for violence from working as bouncers.


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