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Borneo student killings murder trial concludes

Neil Dalton, left, and Aidan Brunger Image copyright Facebook
Image caption Neil Dalton, left, and Aidan Brunger were in the last few days of a six-week medical placement

The trial of a Malaysian man accused of murdering two British medical students has ended.

Newcastle University students Aidan Brunger and Neil Dalton, both 22, were stabbed in a bar in Kuching in August.

Fishmonger Zulkipli Abdullah, 24, has denied their murder, but admitted being involved in a street fight with them along with two other men.

A judge will deliver a verdict on 31 March. If convicted, Mr Zulkipli faces a mandatory death sentence.

Mr Dalton, from Ambergate, Derbyshire, and Mr Brunger, from Hempstead, Kent, had almost completed a work placement at a hospital in Kuching.

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Image caption Zulkipli Abdullah admits being involved in a fight with the students

They were found sprawled in the road by cafe workers in the early hours of 6 August last year.

The trial heard Mr Abdullah admitting being involved in a fight with the two students and punched one of them.

But he denied stabbing them or carrying a knife.

It is understood families of the two students will be present for the verdict.

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