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Knife thug guilty of Harry Potter actor's murder

PUBLISHED: 14:01 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:13 25 August 2010

GUILTY: Karl Bishop

GUILTY: Karl Bishop

A JURY unanimously found a convicted knife-wielding thug guilty of murdering Harry Potter actor Robert Knox today (March 4). Karl Bishop of Beaver Lodge, Carlton Road, Sidcup faces a life sentence after a jury returned a guilty verdict at the Old Bailey,

A JURY unanimously found a convicted knife-wielding thug guilty of murdering Harry Potter actor Robert Knox today (March 4).

Karl Bishop of Beaver Lodge, Carlton Road, Sidcup faces a life sentence after a jury returned a guilty verdict at the Old Bailey, the day after his 22nd birthday.

Robert Knox's father Colin slumped sobbing in the public gallery with his head in his hands as the verdict was announced.

Bishop, who was also convicted of wounding with intent 22-year-old Dean Saunders, shook his head and stared at the jury as he heard the verdict.

Mr Saunders, 18, suffered significant spinal damage in the attack and occasionally still uses a walking stick to get around.

Bishop was cleared of wounding with intent and the unlawful wounding of 18-year-old Tom Hopkins.

At the time of going to press, the jury were deliberating on the remaining charges of wounding with intent against the three remaining alleged victims.

18-year-old Robert Knox had finished filming Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince only three days before his death and was looking forward to being involved in the next film.

The Old Bailey heard Bishop had started trouble outside the Metro Bar a week before the murder by accusing Robert Knox and his friends of stealing his mobile phone.

After a fight he shouted: "I'm going to come back next week and someone is going to die."

At around 11pm May 23 last year Bishop returned to the Metro Bar but was refused entry by doormen.

He then pestered Karen Jones for a kiss and turned on Jamie Knox's friend Callum Turner when he intervened.

Bishop stalked off but confronted Jamie Knox and 19 year-old Nicky Lee Jones outside a supermarket and threatened him with a knife.

Robert Knox heard about the threat to his brother and angrily stormed out to confront Bishop.

He was heard to shout: "You pulled a knife on my brother - why did you pull a knife on my brother?" and "If you threaten my brother you are a dead man."

Friends attempted to hold him back as Bishop stood in front of the bar doors smirking at the crowd of 20 to 30 people.

Jurors heard Bishop stabbed Andrew Dormer in the chest just below the collarbone, thrust a knife straight through the hand of Nicky Lee Jones, slashed Charlie Grimly in the face and arm and jabbed Dean Saunders in the neck.

In a desperate attempt to take Bishop down and disarm him, Rob Knox rugby tackled him and pushed him towards the flower bed.

Robert Knox was stabbed once in the buttock and four times in the chest. One wound penetrated his lung and the main artery leading to his heart, causing massive bleeding.

He collapsed to the pavement repeating: "I've been stabbed, help me."

Robert Knox's mother Sally arrived at the scene to find her son fatally injured but Bishop continued to hurl abuse.

Both Bishop and Robert Knox were initially taken to the same hospital, Queen Mary's in Sidcup.

Karen Jones said she was standing outside with her friends and some of the victims when Bishop was taken out in a wheelchair.

She said: "Charlie Grimley walked past and shouted at him: 'I hope you rot in hell for what you done.'

"The defendant was just laughing like he wasn't bothered. He said: 'I don't care I have been in there before and when I come out I'm going to rape your mum.'"

He told police officer to take him straight to Belmarsh Prison, saying: "I'm going down anyway."

When the news came through that Robert had been pronounced dead at the hospital, police charged Bishop with murder.

He replied: "Sweet" and later added: "Oh f***ing hell, I'm going to miss the f***ing Hatton fight. F***ing hell."

Giving evidence, Bishop claimed he acted in self defence and might have been killed himself but after three days deliberation, the jury came back with a unanimous guilty verdict.

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