A VIETNAMESE man who died from neck and chest stab wounds after a fight with other detention centre inmates was unlawfully killed, an inquest ruled yesterday. The coroner heard that two inmates, Dinh Van Hoang and Pham Quoc Than, were acquitted of his murder when the prosecution offered no evidence during a High Court trial in October. Vu Xuan Thuy, 26, an inmate of High Island Detention Centre, died at Prince of Wales Hospital on August 8, last year. Coroner Rodney Venning heard Dinh Van Hoang, 25, and Vu were inmates of the same camp in the detention centre. Dinh had a dispute with another man on August 7 which led to a fight between two groups. It was stopped by Correctional Services officers. On the following day at about 8 pm, Dinh went to a hut with Vu and met Pham Quoc Than who invited them into his hut to have a chat. A dispute occurred between Pham and Vu during which Vu took out a knife and stabbed Pham, the court heard. An injured Pham then allegedly snatched the knife and stabbed Vu. Vu died later in hospital. The inquest heard that the prime mover in the case was Vu who, equipped with a knife, went to look for the rival party with Dinh.