A London jury has convicted Karl Bishop of killing teenage “Harry Potter” actor Rob Knox, who played Marcus Belby in the popular franchise movies. Prosecutors say Bishop killed Rob outside a bar in east London in May. Knox was stabbed five times, once fatally in a main artery, and died in the hospital later that night. All this could have been avoided and Bishop could have been arrested two months before in two missed chances by police. Armed with two kitchen knives and his face ‘screwed up with rage’, he stabbed Rob five times after Knox stepped in to protect his brother, who had been threatened by Bishop. Rob’s parents sobbed and were comforted by friends as the verdicts were delivered.
“As a mother and parent I can never forgive the person responsible for taking my son Robert’s life, or the devastation that has been caused by these actions. You can never comprehend the loss or hurt caused by the death of a child, a child, which was wanted, carried for nine months and encouraged and supported through childhood to a young man. ” said Sally Knox, Robs mother.
“On May 24 2008 the lives of many people changed beyond belief. It was on that day my son, Robert Knox, was taken from this earth. His life was stolen, taken without permission. He was taken in the most cruel way possible.” said Collin Knox, Robs father.”
Bishop had reportedly sought the confrontation because he was furious that the actor had stood up to him a week earlier when he went to the bar aggressively demanding to know who had taken his phone and spoiling for a fight. Before leaving that night, he made a chilling prediction: ‘I’m going to come back next week and someone’s going to die.’ He did return as promised that night, but was denied entry and instead drunkenly harassed a teenage girl outside, trying to drag her off before ending up in the deadly confrontation with Rob and his friends.
Bishop was reported to police for an attempted knifepoint robbery two months earlier but detectives failed to arrest him. Two weeks later, the mother of the robbery victim also reported a burglary and named Bishop as the suspect, repeating the accusation that her son had been threatened with a knife. Scotland Yard admitted that it had been wrong in not arresting Bishop. The Met revealed that it had taken the issue so seriously that it had called in the Independent Police Complaints Commission to investigate. As a result, two police officers, a constable and a sergeant have all been given written warnings.
Five of their friends were also stabbed in the frightening ordeal, stabbing his victims at least ten times in less than two minutes. Bishop was also found guilty of wounding Rob’s friend Dean Saunders, 23. He was found not guilty of wounding another friend Tom Hopkins, 19.
So he’s found not guilty for his attack on one of his friends, and those officers who screwed up get nothing more than a written warning??? My prayers and condolences goes out to the entire Knox family. Thankfully, justice has been served.
[Keep Clicking Thumbnails for a Larger Image]
Images Via: Daily Mail