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Harry Potter actor killer knifed us too

PUBLISHED: 16:08 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:32 23 August 2010

At the Metro bar on night of tragedy: Andy Dormer, Tom Hopkins, Charlie Grimley

At the Metro bar on night of tragedy: Andy Dormer, Tom Hopkins, Charlie Grimley

I HAVE a video in my head of everything that happened that night, but I don t ever want to play it again. It is almost a year on from when teenager Rob Knox and his friends were viciously set upon by knife-wielding thug Karl Bishop outside the Metro ba

I HAVE a video in my head of everything that happened that night, but I don't ever want to play it again."

It is almost a year on from when teenager Rob Knox and his friends were viciously set upon by knife-wielding thug Karl Bishop outside the Metro bar in Sidcup.

But the mental scars they suffered alongside their physical injuries feel like it happened just yesterday.

Promising Harry Potter film actor, Rob Knox, of Maidstone Road, Swanley died after the attack which left several of his friends suffering stab wounds.

Just weeks after his murder the 18-year-old was given a posthumous award by Kent Police for helping to catch a thug at Marks and Spencer, in Bluewater shopping centre where he worked. Tom Hopkins, 19, who was with his friends on that fateful night on May 23 last year, told the Reporter he can never forget the moment his pal was stabbed five times whilst enjoying 'a normal night out'.

Mr Hopkins, who was overcome by tears while giving evidence to the Old Bailey last month, said: "Even sitting here now I don't replay that video. The only times I have played it was when I first told my mum and when I was in court. Both times I broke down.

"I still have trouble sleeping after what I saw."

The footballer had been at the bar in Station Road, Sidcup with his friends, Andy Dormer and Charlie Grimley, both now 17, when Bishop appeared at the bar having threatened to stab Mr Knox's brother, Jamie. After Dean Saunders, one of Mr Knox's friends, threw a punch at the knifeman, Bishop stabbed Mr Dormer below the neck then stabbed four others including Mr Knox as he tried to restrain him. Mr Hopkins received a minor cut to the back of his head as he wrestled Bishop to the ground. Bishop was cleared of wounding Mr Hopkins but found guilty of wounding with intent to cause GBH of Charlie Grimley and Nicky Lee Jones and of wounding Dean Saunders and Andy Dormer

He was jailed for at least 20 years last Thursday.

Mr Hopkins said: "For us it's never going to be enough no matter how long he gets because it will never bring Rob back.

"At the moment I hope he suffers so much in those 20 years and never comes out."

Mr Grimley added: "It just shows how poor English law is that he got four consecutive sentences - in 20 years he will be out and can have a life. Rob can't have that."

Dean Saunders, now 22, was particularly affected by the attack, which has left him requiring a walking stick.

The eldest of the victims was stabbed in the neck by Bishop and suffered spinal injury that has left him with a general weakness in all his limbs. Traumatised by his last encounter with Bishop, Mr Saunders asked that a screen separate them at the Old Bailey.

Bromley College student Mr Dormer said: "I've known Dean a long time through the Metro bar.

"The first time I ever saw any aggression from him was the night Karl Bishop hit him. He never had an aggressive bone in him. Bishop went down to Metro for Dean, not for Rob."

Despite Mr Knox's untimely death days after finishing playing Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, his friends wonder whether lessons were learned from the tragedy.

"I don't think it has really affected the youths in this area," said Mr Dormer. Aged just 16 at the time of the attack, Mr Dormer recalled when crazed Bishop plunged a knife under his collarbone. Former Hurstmere School pupil Mr Grimley, a mechanic, said: "I've never been one to get into fights, but now I feel paranoid I'm going to relive that night. You want to stay away from trouble."

To contribute to the Rob Knox memorial fund visit www.robknox.co.uk.

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