I begged knifeman to leave me alone’

PUBLISHED: 15:05 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 25 August 2010

A KEY witness told a court of the horrifying moment he was threatened with a knife by the alleged murderer of Robert Knox.

A KEY witness told a court of the horrifying moment he was threatened with a knife by the alleged murderer of Robert Knox.

Callum Turner, 18, watched Karl Bishop, 21, wave a knife at the Harry Potter actor's brother minutes before he walked to Metro bar in Sidcup and killed Mr Knox last May, the Old Bailey heard.

To distract the convicted knife thug, the teen said he drove his car onto the pavement where Bishop stood outside Tesco, in Station Road, but accidentally left his window open.

He said: "He was shouting at me 'You look like a big man, come on big man. Get out of the car'. He had a relaxed attitude about himself like it was all a joke. I was very, very scared. I have never felt so scared in my life. I was begging for him to leave me alone, I was begging him not to hurt me."

The witness said Bishop, of Carlton Road, Sidcup suddenly turned away and walked towards Metro bar where Bromley drama student Mr Knox was drinking.

The court heard Mr Turner was in "hysterics" trying to warn Metro's bouncers that Bishop was armed.

But a hostile crowd collected around the defendant as he stood with his back to the bar and Bishop turned from "relaxed" to "crazy" and "evil", the jury heard. After Mr Turner threw a chair at Bishop, Mr Knox, of Maidstone Road, Swanley, ran at him, smashed a bottle over his head and bear-hugged him from behind, the court heard. Mr Turner said: "While Rob was struggling to get him to the flower bed he stabbed Rob in the side and stomach with both knives.

"It looked like a hot knife through butter, it was just going in and out, in and out."

Mr Turner told the court his friends were out for a typical Friday night but events became "blown out of proportion".

The teen said he agreed to drive Rob Knox home "whatever happened", but ended it cradling the aspiring actor as he lay stabbed on a pavement outside Somerfield supermarket. Prosecution barristers argue that Bishop's attack grew out of a desire for "revenge" for a series of humiliating fights he lost with Mr Knox and friends before the stabbing.

However, the defence counsel claim Bishop was hounded by the friends and witnesses have accepted that he often acted in self-defence in fights leading to the stabbing.

On Monday Ian Bourne QC claimed Rob Knox had a pre-arranged plan to rally his friends at Metro bar - a plan that saw Bishop attacked shortly before he re-emerged with knives.

Mr Bourne said to Mr Turner: "The truth of the matter is that he, the man with the knives, was being attacked.

"Did you see him attack anyone before he was attacked? Yes or no?"

In a voice barely audible to the court, Mr Turner answered "no" as Mr Bourne sat down, ending his questions.

Jobless Bishop denies murder and five counts of GBH with intent. The trial continues.

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