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Knife attack in a scene of carnage’

PUBLISHED: 09:57 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:27 23 August 2010

Jaime Knox and Mum, Sally knox arrive for the trial of Carl Bishop who is being tried over the murder of Rob Knox.

Jaime Knox and Mum, Sally knox arrive for the trial of Carl Bishop who is being tried over the murder of Rob Knox.

HARRY Potter actor Rob Knox went mad at his alleged murderer for threatening his little brother with a knife moments before he was stabbed to death, a court heard. Jamie Knox, 17, told the Old Bailey his protective older brother shouted at accused Karl

HARRY Potter actor Rob Knox went "mad" at his alleged murderer for threatening his little brother with a knife moments before he was stabbed to death, a court heard.

Jamie Knox, 17, told the Old Bailey his protective older brother shouted at accused Karl Bishop: "You pulled a knife on my brother. Why did you pull a knife on my brother?"

Bishop, 21, of Carlton Road, Sidcup, denies murder and five counts of GBH with intent on May 23 last year during an altercation outside Metro bar, in Station Road, Sidcup.

He is accused of stabbing the Bromley drama student and five friends with two knives whilst seeking revenge for a humiliating fight a week earlier.

Mr Knox told the jury: "Rob was shouting. In my words, he was going mad. His friends were holding him back and I think one bouncer as well."

He told the court, with his parents Sally and Colin sitting in the public gallery, that Robert was enjoying an "upbeat" night before hearing of Bishop's threat.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said Bishop first made trouble with the Beths Grammar School pupil and his friends on May 17 as drinkers left the Metro bar at 1am.

Mr Altman said: "He became angry and became aggressive, accusing people of having his mobile phone. He started patting people down.

"When he turned on Rob Knox, he stood up to him as the defendant accused him of stealing his phone." Bishop, who has been convicted of stabbing two men in 2005, suddenly punched one of the friends but was hit by Rob and ran off, said Mr Altman.

They chased Bishop to Old Farm Avenue, where he shouted: "I'm going to come back next week and someone is going to die", the court head.

Emergency services said that Bishop suffered a split lip, black-eye and wounded hand in the melee and that everyone involved appeared drunk.

The following Friday Rob and his friends returned to Metro, but this time with his younger brother.

The court heard that at around 11.45pm Bishop turned up "clearly spoiling for a fight" and within 20 minutes Mr Knox was stabbed, and died just over an hour later at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, at 1.10am.

The prosecution said Bishop attacked one of the friends in Metro's car park whilst Robert was inside showing girls his bruised hands from the week before, the court heard.

However, when cross-examined by defence barrister Ian Bourne QC, Jamie Knox admitted he never saw Bishop throw the first punch and he drove away at the first opportunity.

Jurors were told that after the car park fight, Jamie Knox and friends left by car but returned some minutes later to see Bishop walking behind their friend Nicky Lee Jones towards Metro.

Jamie Knox got out of the car to intervene. He told the court: "He had a knife. I only saw the one in the left hand.

"He just turned around and paid his attention to me. He said 'Do you f***ing want some?' He had a sort of smug expression on his face, a sort of smile."

Mr Knox fled the scene and Bishop walked over towards Metro but was locked out by bouncers.

A final standoff took place where Bishop allegedly goaded a crowd angrily before stabbing five men in a scene of "carnage" in which Rob Knox was said to have tackled him.

Mr Knox said: "He was just swinging, flailing everywhere. I believe other people got involved almost instantly."

The court heard that Rob Knox had his arms around Bishop's waist, but Bishop continued to swing his knives around, stabbing Rob Knox in the head and chest several times, causing him to slump to his knees.

Bishop, surrounded by 20 to 40 people, was overpowered and ploughed into a flowerbed, but continued to slash people, the court heard.

When questioned by the defence counsel, Mr Knox admitted Bishop was surrounded by a semi circle of more than 20 people with his back against Metro's locked doors.

He was unclear whether Bishop held a knife at that point, but thought Robert Knox, moments from being stabbed, said: "If you want a fight I will have a fight without knives."

Mr Bourne said: "Your brother was being held by three or four people. He was being held back. He was trying to get to the defendant but the defendant was not trying to get at him. Do you agree?"

"Yes," answered Mr Knox. "People were shouting but no one else was going as mad as Rob was."

Mr Knox's friend Callum Turner was the first to tend to his mortally wounded friend to the area outside Somerfield.

Mr Knox kept repeating "I've been stabbed. Help me Callum."

Police arrived on the emotionally charged scene minutes later at 12.06am and arrested Bishop, who allegedly said: "Please just get me out of here. Don't let them f***ing near me."

A post mortem at Princess Royal Hospital, Farnborough, revealed Mr Knox suffered five knife wounds, including a fatal chest blow that hit his lung and severed an artery.

The prosecution said tests revealed Mr Knox would have been "only mildly drunk" when he died.

Concluding, Mr Altman said: "Karl Bishop is a violent and aggressive young man who thinks nothing of carrying knives and using them. There is no question that he went in determined to return to the bar and he returned for no reason other than to wreak his revenge, not with one knife, but two knives. He was intent on one thing and one thing only - to use these knives to inflict maximum damage on those who had humiliated him."

Bishop appeared in the dock wearing jeans and a pink shirt, the same colour as that he wore the night of the stabbing.

He nodded and smiled to a woman and four young men in the gallery.

The trial continues.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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