Monday, July 13

Parents of stabbed Briton seek public’s help to find son’s camera, smartphone


KUCHING: The parents of British student Neil Dalton, who was stabbed to death last month after a row in a bar here, have made an appeal to the public to help them find their son’s mobile phone and camera that are still missing.

Philip Dalton, in a statement emailed by Derbyshire Constabulary, said he and his wife missed Neil terribly but had no record of his travels and the last two months of his life.

“Neil told us that he had taken hundreds of photos during his trip on his camera and phone; and was looking forward to showing them to us upon his return.

“Neil loved Sarawak and commented to us how kind and hospitable the people of Kuching were – he said ‘they are the friendliest people I’ve ever met’.

“We were very touched by the flowers and messages left at the scene of his death. And having those precious photos would mean such a lot to us,” he said.

The camera is a red Nikon Coolpix L25, with parts of the screen broken when it is on. The phone is a black iPhone 4 (4S) in a black silicone case with a cracked back and there is a picture of one of Neil’s friends on the screen saver.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these items are urged to contact DC Sarah Adams or DC Sarah Fraser by contacting (+44)1773 730 215, or alternatively they can contact the local police.

Neil and Aidan Brunger, both Newcastle University medical students, were on a six-week placement at Sarawak General Hospital as part of their medical degree programme.

They were killed in the Aug 6 incident near Padungan here. Both were 22.

The case had gained international coverage, especially in the UK, although it gave bad publicity to the state.

Local police said four local men had admitted to the killings, with a fifth suspect still in detention.