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Students 'warned of local bar dangers' before attack

Two British medical students stabbed to death in Malaysia were warned about the dangers of drinking in bars on the island of Borneo days before the fatal attack, according to reports.

Neil Dalton (left) and Aidan Brunger. Credit: Facebook

Aidan Brunger and Neil Dalton were killed just days after two Irish medics were reportedly beaten up in a bar in the region.

Staff at the teaching hospital both students were attached to warned their pupils about the dangers of drinking in the area after the attack, reports claimed.

Four people are believed to have been arrested in connection with the killings of Mr Dalton and Mr Brunger.

Medical student killed in Borneo was 'totally nice guy'

A British medical student killed in Borneo has been described as a "totally nice guy".

Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, who were in their fourth year studying medicine at Newcastle University, were stabbed to death on the island following a row in a bar.

Neil Dalton was on a six-week placement at a hospital in the region. Credit: Facebook

Mr Dalton's neighbour - who nicknamed the 22-year-old "Dr Biscuit because of his ginger hair and medical studies - said he was a "bright, self-motivated man".

"I'm totally shocked at the news. He was just a lovely boy. Totally self-motivated. Always jogging and studying," the 50-year-old, whose daughter went to school with the victim, said.

"I think he'd always wanted to do medicine. He was always studying.

"It's just such a shock. He was just a totally nice guy. He wasn't gregarious, just a fun, genuine guy," she added.


Family issue photograph of stabbed medical student

The family of Aidan Brunger, one of two British students stabbed to death in Borneo, have released a photograph of the 22-year-old outside the hospital where he had been training.

Aidan Brunger is seen in his medical whites during his attachment to a hospital in Kuching on the Malaysian part of the island. Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire

Images of arrests after deaths of British students

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Images have emerged of the arrests of the men suspected of involvement in the fatal stabbings of British medical students Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger in Borneo.

Four local men have been remanded in custody following the early morning deaths in the city of Kuching in the Malaysian part of the island.

Charity 'very saddened' at death of fundraising student

Prostate Cancer UK has paid tribute to one of the two Newcastle University medical students stabbed to death in Borneo, who had raised £400 for the charity last September.

Aidan ran the Great North Run for Prostate Cancer UK last year and he raised several hundred pounds for our work to beat prostate cancer. We are very saddened to hear news of his death in such devastating circumstances. Our sympathy goes out to all his family and friends.

– Andy Sallnow, head of events at Prostate Cancer UK
Aidan Brunger wrote on Twitter last year he was "reasonably happy" to run the Great North Run in under an hour and 45 minutes. Credit: Facebook

Death of students a 'huge loss' to medical profession

The two Newcastle University students stabbed to death in Borneo were set to embark on hugely promising medical careers, the university has said.

Professor Jane Calvert, the university medical school's dean of undergraduate studies, said Aidan Brunger had aspirations to be an academic medic while Neil Dalton wanted to head into clinic practice.

Prof Calvert said the 22-year-olds' study abroad was a standard practice in their development after their fourth years and said the university would never send its students to high-risk areas.


Reporter: Fishmonger 'main suspect' in student killing

A local fishmonger is considered the main suspect by police after the fatal stabbing of two British students in a reported bar row in Borneo, a local reporter has told ITV News.

Sharon Ling from Malaysian newspaper The Star said the 23-year-old man was arrested along with a 29-year-old mechanic and two other unemployed men.

She said all four would be remanded for seven days following the early morning killing of Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger from Newcastle University.

Ms Ling said the island was in shock at the deaths, which she said occurred in an area generally considered to be safe.

Images of two British students stabbed in Malaysia

Images have emerged of the two Newcastle University medical students stabbed to death in Malaysia.

Aidan Brunger, 22. He and Neil Dalton had been on attachment to a hospital in the Malaysian part of Borneo. Credit: Facebook
Neil Dalton, also 22. The two fourth-year students had been days away from finishing their training. Credit: Facebook

Stabbed students had days until end of hospital training

The two Newcastle University medical students stabbed to death on Borneo had been due to finish their training at the local hospital on Friday, according to local police.

Fourth-year students Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were on the Malaysian part of the island on attachment to a hospital in Kuching.

Deputy police commissioner Datuk Dr Chai Khin Chung told the Malaysian State News Agency Bernama that the fight in which they were killed broke out after an argument in a bar over the students being too noisy.

He reportedly confirmed four men remain in custody after the 4.15am attack in the Jalan Padungan area of Kuching in the western province of Sarawak.

Newcastle University in 'huge shock' at student deaths

Newcastle University has released a statement on the "tragic" deaths of two medical students killed in the Malaysian city of Kuching.

Acting vice-chancellor Professor Tony Stevenson said: "We were informed this morning of the very sad news that two of our fourth-year medical students working at a hospital in Kuching, Borneo, have been tragically killed."

"Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were on a six-week work placement, along with five other medical students, to put the skills they had learnt during their time here at the university into practice," he added.

Professor Stevenson said the news was a "huge shock" and added that two members of university staff were flying to Kuching "as soon as possible" to co-ordinate the return of the other students.

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