Inquest opens into death of stabbed student opened

Former Belper School student Neil Dalton
Former Belper School student Neil Dalton
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The family of a medical student who was stabbed to death in Borneo have paid tribute to him.

Neil Dalton, from Ambergate, and pal Aidan Brunger, both 22 who were students at Newcastle University, were working at a hospital in Kuching and were just three days away from completing their six-week placement when they were attacked on Wednesday, August 6.

Neil, a former Belper School pupil, and his friend, from Kent, had reportedly argued with a group of local men over complaints they were being too noisy in a bar.

It is believed some locals then followed the pair in a car as they headed back to their hostel and stabbed them multiple times before leaving them to die in the street.

In a statement released through police, Neil’s parents Jan and Phil Dalton said: “We are just a normal family and we cannot believe what has happened. Neil was a caring, thoughtful and witty young man, who never thought twice about helping others.

“He achieved so much and made so many friends in such a short time. We are so very proud of him.

“Neil was a hard worker and very academic. He kept himself fit and was very sporty, involving himself in many football and cricket teams over the years.”

Meanwhile, plans for a memorial plaque in honour of Neil at his cricket club Belper Amateurs are being discussed.

The club has suggested installing the plaque at its ground in Sandyford Lane.

Neil represented the cricket club from the age of 14, playing more than 100 times, and opening the batting at every level.

Before that, he played cricket for Ambergate.

Neil’s friend, Jamie Deeming, said the club thought of the idea after the death of the 22-year-old, described as a “brilliant trainee doctor”, so they could remember him in the future.

He said: “A number of ideas have been discussed so that the club can properly remember him. It’s been a very difficult time for the club.”

An event at Belper Amateurs cricket club, called “Neil’s Day”, has been confirmed to take place on September 26.

Four men have been charged with murder and, according to police in Borneo, have admitted they were responsible for the killings. They could face the death penalty.

A fifth suspect, a 55-year-old man, was also remanded in custody this week pending further inquiries.

Neil ’s inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court, in Derby, was opened and adjourned on Monday, August 18. The inquest of his friend, Aidan Brunger, who was also killed, was opened and adjourned at the same time.