Rob Knox killer convicted

March 5th, 2009 - 3:51 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Rob KnoxOn Wednesday in London court, convicted a 22-year-old man of the frenzied murder of a teenage actor who stars in the latest Harry Potter film.

Earlier Karl Bishop was found guilty of the killing of 18-year-old Rob Knox outside a bar in Sidcup, southeast London, last May but convicted for previous knife crime.
The actor was stabbed after stepping in to protect his younger brother Jamie, who he heard had been threatened by Bishop.

‘Unhappily, his courage and his sense of duty were to cost him his life,’ said prosecutor Brian Altman, calling Bishop a ‘habitual knife carrier’ who thought of stabbing people as an ‘occupational hazard.’ One witness at the trial at London’s Old Bailey described how Bishop’s face was ’screwed up in rage’ as he lashed out with two kitchen knives.

His reaction when he heard Knox had died was ‘yeah, sweet,’ the court was told. Knox had finished filming for his part as student Marcus Belby in ‘Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince,’ which is set for release in July.

The jury heard Bishop was furious that the actor, a well-built teenager who played rugby, had confronted him a week before the attack when he went to the same bar aggressively accusing drinkers of stealing his mobile phone.

Bishop is to be sentenced on Thursday, 5 March,2009 and faces life imprisonment.

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