Man found guilty of murdering Harry Potter actor

Jamie Knox, Rob’s younger brother, outside the courthouseA 22-year-old British man has been found guilty of murdering Harry Potter actor Rob Knox, according to BBC News. Karl Bishop was convicted of stabbing the 18-year-old five times outside the Metro bar in South East London almost a year ago. Bishop pleaded not guilty to the murder, saying that Knox had attacked him and he had been acting in self defence. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and told that he will spend at least 20 years behind bars. Knox, who had just finished filming his motion picture debut in the role of Hogwarts student Marcus Belby in the upcoming Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, died as he attempted to protect his younger brother from Bishop. “Unhappily, his courage and his sense of duty were to cost him his life,” said prosecutor Brian Altman. Bishop was also found guilty of wounding Knox’s friend Dean Saunders, who escaped with his life.

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  1. tributegirl • March 5, 2009 @ 10:33 AM

    He acted in self-defense? He stabbed the guy five times! I would think that would be a little bit above and beyond what would be necessary if it was self-defence!
    On the other hand, I’m sure emotions were running high…

  2. Nancy • March 5, 2009 @ 10:39 AM

    Agreed. Self defence my @$$!!!

  3. Nancy • March 5, 2009 @ 10:41 AM

    Oh, I just realized something…another wonderful example that Tributegirl and I are NOT the same person. Her post above was at 10:33 am….my post on the previous article…10:33 am!!!!

  4. tributegirl • March 5, 2009 @ 10:54 AM

    What? You’re not me? But….people keep saying you are!

  5. mandee • March 5, 2009 @ 1:43 PM

    yanno, the 2 of you would make my life so much easier…if there was, infact, only ONE of you lol. 🙂 and i can understand why he would lie and SAY it was self defense, because usually self defense you dont get in as much trouble. but clearly, they werent as stupid as he was hoping and they also caught the fact that he stabbed him FIVE TIMES not ONCE! clearly, if you stab someone even in the arm, im sure they are done fighting with you, even IF they started it.

  6. Nancy • March 5, 2009 @ 1:56 PM

    Awwe, but it would be no fun if we were 1, mandee!! See that guy out west that cut the guys head off on the Greyhound bus has only been sentenced to a mental hospital! I cannot understand how the other passengers could just watch and not intervene long enough for him to do that!

  7. mandee • March 5, 2009 @ 3:45 PM

    yeah thats sick, i think even the passengers should be held accountable, because as soon as he cut the guy if someone from behind him hit him in the head or something, he woulda dropped the knife and they could have possibly saved that guys life. theres no reason the world we live in today is soo selfish and wont help anyone around them.

  8. Jo-Anne. • March 5, 2009 @ 4:40 PM

    I don’t think you’ll ever see anyone being held accountable at a crime scene who doesn’t intervene…

    although, I do agree with your point that many are selfish and look the other way when they can assist in coming to someone’s aid

    It’s devastating to think so many people were around when this occurred and yet, the outcome resulted in death of a young man

    Many times I have stepped in and voiced my opinion when I see someone being harassed, bullied, and others stand there, however I also understand the fear of retalliation and how little it takes to set some people off, so you got to be careful, pick your moments…

    this Knox was a very brave guy, and I’m sure his brother will remember his heroic intervention his entire life. Good to see the 20 year sentence as well…

  9. Beanie • March 5, 2009 @ 10:15 PM

    You guys are completely wrong about the Greyhound incident. The other passengers did try to intervene but the guy was crazed and armed. And have you seen pictures of the guy? He’s BIG – not easy to overtake. It apparently took something like 3 other men to block the door of the bus to keep him from getting out.

    But generally, I agree that too often people look the other way when someone is being victimized.

  10. Lorna • March 6, 2009 @ 12:52 AM

    Jody Foster`s role in the movie `The Accused` aptly illustrates the application of the English Common Law (which applies in every Canadian province, but Quebec) that people who jeer others on or otherwise encourage people to commit an offence are equally responsible for the events that follow. That is the criminal law in most of Canada. It is applied with the facts of the case require it.

  11. wonderdog • March 6, 2009 @ 1:08 AM

    they were in the backseat noone could hit him from behind, ppl were terrified & running for their OWN lives, sheesh.

  12. demigod • March 6, 2009 @ 5:44 AM

    Yea, I don’t know how the situation transpired on that bus. You could only imagine and wonder if there was the time/opportunity to intervene and prevent the death. Even if you do see a guy with a knife, you really don’t know what he’s capable of, until it’s too late. Once he plunged that knife in his neck it’s over. Would one try stopping him then, as he’s sawing away? lol What a horrendous scene that must’ve been..

  13. Nancy • March 6, 2009 @ 9:18 AM

    Beanie….yes, I saw the guy on the news….he’s only “BIG” compared to a mouse! He’s 5’5″ they said…that is NOT big, especially not for a man! And yes, I would have risked my life to try to stop this maniac, without a second thought. As if I would just sit there and watch him cut the guys head off and take his organs out!! NOT!

  14. Jim • March 6, 2009 @ 10:09 AM

    I actually thought about the Greyhound incident quite a lot after it first came out and wondered why this man wasn’t stopped. Truth be told none of us can sit here and say what we would have done because we were not in the situation. I, for one would hope that I would intervene, however if my wife and kids were on that bus I can assure you that no, I woudldn’t have. My first priority would have been my family and getting them to safety. Call me selfish but I would rather be called that than dead or worse, a widowed, childless father.
    Nancy you are right this man was not huge by any means but after previous incidents in this nation who is to say, at the time fo the attack that he was the only one? For all those passengers knew the man or woman sitting next to them could have been someone who was “with” the murderer. Thankfully none of us, from what I can tell, were in that situation on that tragic day. I do feel that it is a lot of easier for us to say what we would have done now having not been there

  15. Mon • March 6, 2009 @ 10:41 AM

    There would have been a lot of panic at the time, and probably a lot of pushing and shoving to get out of the bus … so anyone trying a heroic act would have had a difficult time with it …. I do a lot of charity work and don’t consider myself at all selfish, but seriously when a crazed person is waving a knife around, has just stabbed someone with it, and people are panicking, I can see that I would probably not have tried to disarm him …. I don’t think it is selfish to try to get away from the situation a bit and try to assess what to do … it all would have happened so quickly, and who could say they would have been prepared for this? it was a situation that those people could never have imagined they would face — perhaps a military or police “person” who has seen horrific scenes might have been able to react and disarm the guy, but the average person is not going to react that way. And if I recall, two men did go back into the bus at some point to try to disarm him, and he was too crazed for them to be able to do anything to stop him.

  16. pamr • March 6, 2009 @ 12:32 PM

    I’m new here, but I agree with Jim and Mon; you can say you’d do this or that, but when it happens to you, your instincts would kick in. This incident happened really close to my home, and I can’t believe how lightly some of you take it! These people did everything they could on that bus, they locked him in so he couldn’t hurt anyone else; do you realize there were kids on that bus?! These people are going to be traumatized for the rest of their lives. Show some respect for the survivors!

  17. JAG • March 6, 2009 @ 1:06 PM

    I agree with Jim, Mon and Pamr. I don’t agree however, with the sentence he got. Maybe he is insane and not responsible for his actions, as they say (I don’t beleive it) but out of respect for the greiving family, the traumatized passengers on the bus and all of mankind in general I think there should have been some kind of guarantee that this psycho will never see the light of day again. Lock him up in solitary and throw away the key.

  18. ke • March 6, 2009 @ 4:10 PM

    i agree with Jim, Mon and Pamr. it’s absolutely devastating and disgusting what happened to that young man. sitting there not knowing what was about to happen. i don’t blame anyone for trying to save themselves, its simply survival. and i like to think that people did go back and try to help…if it were me i would hope people would do something. but the sight of a weapon is a powerful thing: it either scares you away running or it spark something inside you, urging you to react in defense of with yourself or the victim.

    as for this incident, its another sad tragic case. he died protecting his brother and so young too. i don’t believe it was self defense. there are a lot of ass***** out there. young people trying to be cool or just be antagonizing. its appalling.

    question though: that picture…is that the boy who died or the one convicted?

  19. Lyne • March 6, 2009 @ 5:32 PM

    Ke its neither, if you mouse over the picture it says its the younger brother of the victim

  20. David • March 6, 2009 @ 6:23 PM

    Whatever the sentence this 22 year old english boy got…looks to me like he is going to be needing all the “self defense” he can muster…he’s going to be someones boyfriend!!!!

  21. tributegirl • March 6, 2009 @ 7:11 PM

    I agree about the bus incident, I think when it happened, the other passengers heard the sudden screams & saw the horror, their first instinct was probably to run, because that was an option. Now I did hear that he did try to get off the bus, but some of the passengers held the doors closed so he couldn’t get out and kill someone else, so that in itself was heroic. And although he was very short, I heard that he is very stocky. I don’t know that for sure, but that is what I’ve read.
    Now if it was like those people on Flight 93 during the 9/11 attacks, running was not an option, they knew they were going to die, so they took action to prevent their plane from hitting another building and killing even more people. I think that was an amazing story of strength and courage.

  22. skor • March 7, 2009 @ 12:15 AM

    I don’t know if any of you have taken any social psychology classes, but there’s a well known effect called the bystander effect. Basically, in the presence of others during an emergency, the likelihood that any one individual will help in the emergency decreases. The likelihood of helping descreases with increases in the amount of bystanders there. There are several studies that demonstrate the bystander effect. Research into it was spurred after the murder of Kitty Genovese in New York. Several individuals heard her scream and watched her being stabbed from their balconies and they did nothing to help her.
    It’s a good possibility that the bystander effect could have influenced several individuals’ (lack of) responses in the situations described in your comments.
    Those are my 2 cents.
    ps I enjoy reading the bickering that goes on here sometimes 😛

  23. mandee • March 7, 2009 @ 3:33 AM

    lol dont we all? 🙂

  24. tributegirl • March 7, 2009 @ 12:28 PM

    skor, I think I’ve heard that before, it’s like people are either too self-conscious, or maybe they are expecting someone else will step up to the plate. But I think in the bus incident, everyone was probably so terrified, that getting to safety was probably their first instinct. On Flight 93 where getting to safety was not possible, I just think it is absolutely amazing how all those people came together and took control to save other lives.
    In the above story, I think it is also very heroic that the older brother tried to protect his younger brother. Obviously their family was very loving to create such a bond between brothers.

  25. Nancy • March 7, 2009 @ 4:21 PM

    What bickering? 😉

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