BORNEO – Two British medical students from Newcastle University have been stabbed to death while on work placements at a hospital on the island of Borneo, Malaysia.
Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were killed after an argument in a bar in the western city of Kuching, where they were due to finish a six-week attachment at a local hospital on Friday.
The attack took place at 4.15am this morning, according to Malaysian state media reports. Police in the western Sarawak province said the row had begun because the students were “being too noisy”, and that four suspects were now in custody.
The Foreign Office said it was aware of the deaths and was providing consular assistance to the men’s families.
Police in Borneo say that four men arrested over the murder of two British medical students from Newcastle University have “admitted the crime”.
Deputy police commissioner Chai Khin Chung said police had concluded their investigation with the recovery of “weapons” and the men’s confessions, and that their evidence would now be passed on to prosecutors.
Malaysia’s The Star newspaper reported that the main suspect was a 23-year-old fishmonger, one was a 29-year-old mechanic, the others 19 and 35 and both unemployed. Two were said to have previous convictions for drugs and armed robbery.
“We have finished our investigation, the crime has been solved,” deputy commissioner Chai said.
“The four people, who are local men, will be charged with murder. It’s very unusual for Kuching, it’s always very peaceful.
“It’s very unfortunate and we were very surprised this kind of thing happened in our city.”
Dr Chin Zin Hing, the medical director of the Sawatar Hospital where the pair had been working, siad the incident was “very sad”.
He said: “We are trying to provide counselling for the students here. We currently have about 20 British elective students.”
He said the hospital is also working closely with the British Embassy to “see how best we can provide some assistance to the families of the men”.