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Head's tribute to tragic Adis; CRIME: Student who died in club brawl 'sorely missed.

Byline: By Guy Newey

A CITY headmaster today paid tribute to a Birmingham student who was killed in a nightclub brawl.

Adis Kulo, aged 20, died in April after he was punched in the face in a Bristol nightclub.

Last week, 21-year-old student Oliver Lagaay was jailed for 12 months after being found guilty of manslaughter at Bristol Crown Court.

Today, Adis's former head at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, in Kings Heath, said he was a "highly intelligent and very likable young man".

Vincent Darby said Adis had made a huge impression on the school since he arrived from war-torn Bosnia in 1994 unable to speak English.

"Adis will be sorely missed by all who knew him and his death has saddened the whole school," added Mr Darby. A new bench will be placed at the school to remember him.

"It is a tragic irony that Adis was not safe in the country to which his family had fled to avoid war. "Adis was a lively and very able young man, well-liked and respected by both staff and fellow students," said the head teacher. "Indeed, in lessons Adis was keen to express his views with passion, often directing the content of the lesson to a topic he was much more interested in.

"He contributed much to all aspects of school life representing the school at basketball, hockey and football."

Adis read philosophy at University College, London, and was celebrating after an interview for an accountancy job in Bristol when he was attacked.

Lagaay, from Brighton, hit Adis and then stamped on his face during a drunken scuffle at the Level club in April. The victim then "whacked" his head against the floor of the men's toilets, suffering a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage.

Last week, Judge Tom Crowther conceded that Lagaay had no intention of seriously harming Mr Kulo but rejected the option of a suspended sentence

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