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Inquest opens into death of tragic Gillingham medical student Aidan Brunger killed with friend Neil Dalton in Kuching in Borneo

By KentOnline reporter

An inquest into the death of a Medway medical student killed with a friend in Borneo has opened today.

Aidan Brunger, from Gillingham, was stabbed to death along with Neil Dalton after an argument at a bar in Kuching.

The hearing into the deaths of the 22-year-olds was opened at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court this afternoon. It was adjourned until September 30.

Aidan Brunger, who was killed in Borneo
Aidan Brunger, who was killed in Borneo

Four local men have reportedly admitted killing the pair while a fifth man has been arrested on suspicion of helping to dispose of the murder weapon.

Mr Brunger and Mr Dalton, who had been studying at Newcastle University, had gone to Borneo with five other medical students to work at Sarawak General Hospital.

They were found with fatal stab wounds at about 4am on Wednesday, August 6.

Mr Brunger's body is believed to have been brought back to Britain on Friday and was formally identified by his father.

His family was not at the inquest opening, but previously paid a heart-warming tribute, thanking everyone for their love and support following his "untimely and senseless death".

The statement said: "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."

Aidan Brunger was on a six-week hospital placement in Borneo
Aidan Brunger was on a six-week hospital placement in Borneo

Aidan, who was raised in Rainham, was educated at Rainham Mark Grammar School.

His family said: "Aidan excelled academically throughout his time at school and succeeded in obtaining a place to study medicine at Newcastle University.

"He had a great passion for sport - especially football and cricket which he both played and followed avidly.

"From a very young age Aidan supported Newcastle United FC and studying at university there allowed him to watch his beloved team."

The case is being investigated by officers in Malaysia, assisted by Derbyshire Police.

The family of Aidan Brunger, who was part of a research project to help make bone marrow transplants more successful, are raising money for Anthony Nolan. To donate, visit the Just Giving page by clicking here.

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