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UK Student Murders: Four Face Death Penalty
Four Malaysian men are facing the death penalty after admitting killing two British medical students in Borneo.
Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were stabbed to death after arguing with a group of men in a bar in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak state.
Chai Khin Chung, the area's deputy police chief, said four men, aged between 19 and 30, have confessed to the killings.
He said the two Newcastle University students had been drinking and began arguing loudly in a bar when the suspects confronted them and told them to be quiet.
"Then one of the British students slapped one of the locals, turned over a table, and walked out," he said.
The four men followed them in a car and one of them stabbed them with a knife.
The bodies of the students were found lying a few metres apart in a road near the bar.
The pair were on a six-week placement in a hospital in Kuching as part of their studies, said Newcastle University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Stevenson.
"This has come as a huge shock to us all and our thoughts are with their families and friends at this very difficult time," he said.
Malaysia is generally considered to be a safe place for foreigners, but some recent incidents have damaged that image.
In June, police found the body of 34-year-old British tourist Gareth Huntley on the resort island of Tioman.
They are yet to announce the cause of death.
Last month, a Malaysian shopkeeper was sentenced to death for killing French tourist Stephanie Foray in May 2011, also on Tioman.