500 due at funeral of murdered student

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Mourners were today due to pay their last respects to an Ambergate student who was stabbed to death in Borneo.More than 500 people were expected at the funeral of Neil Dalton, of Ambergate, which was to take place at 1.30pm at St Peter’s Church, Belper.

The mourners weare expected to include students from Newcastle University where Neil was studying medicine.

Neil and his pal Aidan Brunger, from Kent, and both 22, were three days away from completing a six-week placement at a hospital in Kuching when they were attacked on August 6.

They had reportedly argued with local men about complaints that they were being too noisy in a bar.

It is believed that some locals followed Neil and Aidan in a car as they were returning to their hotel and stabbed them numerous times before leaving them to die in the street.

An inquest into Neil’s death was opened and adjourned in Derby. 
The inquest into Aidan’s death was opened and adjourned at the same time.

Malaysian fishmonger Zulkipli Abdullah has been charged with stabbing the pair to death.

A guilty verdict carries the death penalty in Borneo.

Belper Amateurs, the cricket club for which Neil played, won a tense Wright Cup final on Sunday, August 17 against Rolls-Royce Leisure by just two runs – and 
dedicated the victory to cricketer Neil.

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

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

Before that, he played cricket for Ambergate and also played football for Belper United.

Twenty-three-year-old Zulkipli Abdullah has been charged with murdering the two students.

It has been reported that four other suspects have not been charged, but will appear in court as witnesses.

Both Neil and Aidan have been awarded an honorary 
degree by their university.