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Murder suspect knifed men near cab office

PUBLISHED: 17:37 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:30 23 August 2010

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Exclusive picture shows Karl Bishop who is accused of the murder of Harry Potter star Robert Knox. Knox was stabbed to death in an altercation outside the Metro Club in Sidcup, Kent in May 2008.

Usage fee £500. Usage fee £500. Must credit Daily Mirror or fee will be doubled. NO ONLINE USAGE WITHOUT PRIOR AGREEMENT Exclusive picture shows Karl Bishop who is accused of the murder of Harry Potter star Robert Knox. Knox was stabbed to death in an altercation outside the Metro Club in Sidcup, Kent in May 2008.

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THE alleged killer of Harry Potter star Rob Knox was convicted nearly four years ago of stabbing two men outside a cab office. Karl Bishop, 21, of Beaver Lodge, Carlton Road, Sidcup, is charged with murdering promising actor Rob Knox, of Maidstone Road,

THE alleged killer of Harry Potter star Rob Knox was convicted nearly four years ago of stabbing two men outside a cab office.

Karl Bishop, 21, of Beaver Lodge, Carlton Road, Sidcup, is charged with murdering promising actor Rob Knox, of Maidstone Road, Swanley, when he lashed out and knifed six people last year.

Just weeks after his death the actor was awarded a posthumous bravery award for helping police catch a thug at Marks and Spencer, Bluewater where he worked.

On Monday, the Old Bailey heard Karl Bishop had pleaded guilty to separate charges on May 26, 2005 following an incident in Bromley.

He admitted stabbing Ian Sutherland and James Doherty outside a cab office in East Street, Bromley on December 4, 2004.

At Croydon Crown Court he pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed, before being released in March 2007.

Jurors heard there had been a previous incident with Doherty, on July 17, 2003, when he pulled out a butterfly knife and said: "If you hit me you will get stabbed up."

He was summoned to court but the prosecution withdrew the case on March 22, 2004 and he claimed that he had only been wielding a set

of keys.

Unemployed Mr Bishop said he had never been to the Metro Bar in Sidcup until May 16, 2008, a week before the murder of 18 year-old Robert Knox.

That night he left the venue at closing time and realised his phone was missing.

Jurors have heard he began accusing Robert Knox and his friends of stealing it before punching 22 year-old Dean Saunders in the face.

Bishop told the court: "He pushed me away. It was a hard push. I punched him in the face. I didn't know whether he was going to hit me so I punched him.

"Then I got jumped on. Lots of people just starting running in and punching me. Five or six people or more.

"They punched me 'til I got to the floor. I got stamped on, people stamping on my head and kicking me."

He said he managed to get up and run but was chased through the underpass and set on again before police intervened.

Karl Bishop said he returned to the Metro bar the next weekend on May 23 last year when he was confronted by the same group.

He later told jurors he was 'trying to get away' after being attacked by Rob Knox and his friends outside the bar, but returned home to get two kitchen knives.

Robert Knox was fatally stabbed during a confrontation when he returned, in which Mr Bishop claims he was surrounded and under attack.

His barrister Ian Bourne QC asked: "How were you feeling?"

Bishop replied: "Scared. I thought they was going to hurt me. They was screaming, chucking bottles at me, just going mad."

The trial continues.

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