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Knox accused denies murder

PUBLISHED: 12:07 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:17 25 August 2010

THE accused killer of Harry Potter actor Robert Knox appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday to deny murder.

THE accused killer of Harry Potter actor Robert Knox appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday to deny murder.

Jobless Karl Bishop, 21, allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old to death outside the Metro Bar in Sidcup in the early hours of May 24 this year.

Robert, who had just completed filming scenes for the latest Potter movie, was knifed five times.

The Bromley drama student had also signed up to appear in the next blockbuster film in the series as the character Marcus Belby.

A post-mortem showed he died from internal bleeding as a result of stab injuries.

It is believed Robert was trying to protect his younger brother in a fight when he was attacked.

Bishop of Beaver Lodge, Carlton Road, Sidcup, appeared via videolink wearing an open-necked blue shirt.

He spoke to confirm his name before denying murder.

Bishop also pleaded not guilty to five counts of wounding with intent - his alleged victims all male and aged between 16 and 21 - on the same night.

One is 21-year-old Dean Saunders, a friend of Robert.

Robert had been acting since the age of 11 and had also appeared in The Bill, the film King Arthur, and BBC sitcom After You've Gone.

He was the 14th teenager to be murdered in London this year.

The figure has now risen to 25 following the death of 14-year-old Shaquille Maitland-Smith who was stabbed in Hackney last Sunday.

Robert was also a member of Sidcup Rugby Club, along with 16-year-old Jimmy Mizen who was killed in nearby Lee Green.

Judge Gerald Gordon QC set a trial date for February 9 next year.

The hearing is expected to last four weeks and will be presided over by a High Court judge.

Bishop was remanded in custody.

Members of Roberts family were sat in the well of the court for the short hearing, but parents Sally and Colin Knox did not attend.

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