Borneo stab death students: Fifth suspect held

Neil Dalton, left, and Aidan Brunger
Image caption Neil Dalton, left and Aidan Brunger were in the last days of their hospital placement

A fifth man has been arrested in connection with the murders of two Newcastle University medical students in Borneo.

Neil Dalton, from Derbyshire and Aidan Brunger, from Kent, were stabbed to death on 6 August after a row in a bar in Kuching.

The men, both 22, were on a work placement at a local hospital.

Four other men have admitted the killings, according to police, and could now face the death penalty.

A police spokesman said the fifth suspect, a 55-year-old man, had been remanded in custody pending further inquiries.

He confirmed investigation papers had been referred to the area's deputy prosecutor, who is due to decide what court proceedings to bring later this month.

Crystal meth

The attack happened in the Jalan Padungan area of Kuching in Sarawak province.

Tests showed three of the suspects had taken the drug crystal meth before the attack.

Mr Dalton's family described him as a "caring and thoughtful young man."

The body of Mr Brunger arrived in the UK on Wednesday, according to Medway Coroner's Officer.

His body will be moved to the mortuary in Derby on Thursday, where a post-mortem examination will take place.

An inquest is due to be opened at Derby Coroner's Court on Friday.

The body of Mr Dalton is due back in the UK later.

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