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Tributes to Borneo stab death students

By Hayden Smith

The family of one of the two medical students stabbed to death in Borneo have spoken of their devastation at the "senseless" killing.

Relatives of Aidan Brunger paid tribute to a "wonderful" young man, saying the murder has "left a massive hole" in their lives.

They said they would remember him as Dr Brunger even though he was unable to complete his studies.

The 22-year-old, from Kent, was killed alongside fellow Newcastle University student Neil Dalton, from Ambergate, after a row in a bar while working at a hospital in Kuching on August 6.

Last night Mr Brunger's family said in a statement: "Aidan's parents and family would like to acknowledge all the love and support that they have been shown following the untimely and senseless death of Aidan in Malaysia.

"The enormous outpouring of love towards Aidan since he died is a lasting testament to the strength of feeling that so many people had towards him."

Four local men have admitted the killings, according to Malaysian police. A fifth man, aged 55, has also been arrested in connection with the incident.

A hearing into the deaths is due to be held at the Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court on Monday.

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