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My drink was spiked, says murder accused

PUBLISHED: 12:28 21 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

A JURY has heard how a man accused of murder claimed that his co-defendant spiked his drink on the night a man was attacked.

A JURY has heard how a man accused of murder claimed that his co-defendant spiked his drink on the night a man was attacked.

In a statement made to police in interview after his arrest Lewis Carroll said he believed that Steven Lowe had spiked his drink on August 14.

Phil Hoi Phat Lui was attacked inside and outside Kartouche nightclub that evening. He died from head injuries in intensive care nine days later.

Carroll, 32, of Crocus Close, Ipswich, and Lowe, 24, of Spring Road, Ipswich, both deny murdering 24-year-old Mr Lui.

Toby Woods, 27, of Cosmeston Drive, Cardiff, denies a charge of violent disorder on the same night.

Detective chief inspector Tim Beach of Suffolk police was called to give evidence at the trial.

Responding to questions from Adam Budworth, counsel for crown prosecutor John Caudle, he told the court how he and members of Kent and Suffolk Constabularies raided a house in Chatham, Kent, and arrested Carroll on September 4.

Carroll was interviewed by police on six occasions after his arrest. In all but one of the interviews he maintained his right to silence.

During interview on September 6 Carroll made a statement through his brief Gareth Morgan.

Mr Budworth read the statement to the court, it said: "Firstly I (Carroll) want to say that I find it hard to recall what happened on the evening of August 14, 2000, and the early hours of August 15."

Carroll continued by stating he thought it was possible his drink had been spiked by Lowe.

He said: "Mr Lowe seriously assaulted Mr Phat Lui by seriously punching him a number of times. I was not involved in that incident."

In the statement Carroll said that he reported the incident to door staff and was then assaulted himself by someone he believed to be a friend of Mr Lui's and that he had received a broken nose.

Carroll said he was punched in the face by Mr Lui outside the club and that he had responded in self-defence by punching Mr Lui in the face and kicking him in the body.

Carroll said that later that night he attended Ipswich Hospital.

Mr Budworth and DCI Beech then read from police interviews with Lowe conducted after his arrest in August.

In the interviews he said that he knew Mr Lui from playing pool on several occasions and that he had not assaulted him on August 14.

He admitted assaulting a friend of Mr Lui's by punching him in the face.

In interview Lowe was asked how well he knew Carroll.

He replied: "I don't know him very well at all to be honest. I only know him because he used to be a doorman ages ago and he gave me a hiding a couple of years ago because we had a bit of grief."

Mr Lowe added that he had seen Carroll in a pub and he had said that that incident "was all forgotten."

He added that he had not seen Carroll attack Mr Lui.

He said: "I didn't see Lewis do anything, I just heard it. I know I am going to get shot if I grass him up and I can't grass him up because I didn't see anything."

He continued: "I am not being funny but I know that Chinese bloke and I swear I didn't lay one finger on that bloke at any time."

The trial is due to continue on Monday.

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