Murder trial concludes in Borneo student killings case

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News from the courts

The trial of a Malaysian man accused of murdering two North-East medical students – one of whom was the son of a north Northumberland man – has ended.

Aidan Brunger, whose father Paul and stepmother live in Lesbury, and Neil Dalton, both 22 and Newcastle University students, were stabbed while working at a hospital in Kuching, Borneo, in August last year.

Fishmonger Zulkipli Abdullah, 24, has denied their murder, but admitted being involved in a street fight with them along with two other men. The trial has now ended and a judge will deliver a verdict on March 31. If convicted, Mr Zulkipli faces a mandatory death sentence.