News Wife of al­leged at­tempted mur­der vic­tim faces court

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THE wife of an al­leged at­tempted mur­der vic­tim has re­lived the mo­ment she saw her hus­band stabbed in a city pub gar­den by a love ri­val.

Ryan Casey suf­fered life-threat­en­ing in­juries in the at­tack out­side the Holy­head pub and had to un­dergo emer­gency surgery.

The at­tacker – Adrian Brock – has ad­mit­ted an of­fence of wound­ing with in­tent, but de­nies try­ing to kill Mr Casey.

The jury at War­wick Crown Court has pre­vi­ously heard that Brock had been in a re­la­tion­ship with Mr Casey’s wife since Novem­ber 2015, which had led to Mr Casey and his wife split­ting up.

The pros­e­cu­tion have said that Brock stabbed Mr Casey in a “fit of vi­o­lent jeal­ousy” on Oc­to­ber 2, 2016.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence from the wit­ness box, the wife said that she had been mar­ried to Mr Casey since Septem­ber 2012, but stopped liv­ing with him in Oc­to­ber 2015 and be­gan a re­la­tion­ship with Brock a month later. Af­ter that time she said Mr Casey came back to live with her but they “fell out and got back to­gether, and fell out and got back to­gether”, be­fore split­ting up again a short while later.

The jury heard that on Oc­to­ber 2 last year she had been in a Coven­try city cen­tre pub with Brock – who she called Adi - be­fore they had a dis­agree­ment.

She said she then drove to a friend’s house be­fore they de­cided to go to the Holy­head pub for a drink.

The wife told the court she was “ret­i­cent” to go there as she knew Mr Casey was of­ten there, but did so any­way, ar­riv­ing at around 6.30pm.

Upon their ar­rival, the wife saw Mr Casey out­side the pub and when they first spoke it “wasn’t very pleas­ant”. How­ever, a short while later they spoke again at the bar and it was friend­lier.

The wife told the jury that she was then sat down in the pub gar­den with her friend and Mr Casey when the at­tack took place.

Mr Farmer asked ex­actly what hap­pened when Brock had ar­rived.

She said: “I saw some­one sort of bear hug him – that’s why I thought it was one of his friends jump­ing on him.

“Then I saw it was Adi and he was hit­ting him so I pulled him off.”

She ex­plained that Brock was hit­ting Mr Casey to the side of the head.

Af­ter Brock had punched Mr Casey, the wife was asked if Brock had any­thing in his hand at that point, and the wit­ness said: “Not at that time, no.”

She con­tin­ued: “I saw even­tu­ally that they got closer and closer to­gether and then I saw that Adi had a knife on him.”

Mr Farmer asked: “What did you see him do with the knife?”

The wife: “I saw him stab Ryan in the stom­ach.”

Za­far Ali, rep­re­sent­ing Brock, said to the wife: “You didn’t tell Ryan Casey about your re­la­tion­ship with Adrian Brock as you thought he would re­act badly?” She replied: “Yes. He did re­act badly.” Un­der Mr Ali’s ques­tion­ing, the wife said that she knew about threat­en­ing What­sapp mes­sages and Face­book com­ments sent by Mr Casey to Brock.

The court heard that the wife re­ported the mes­sages by Mr Casey to po­lice.

“Did you ever write any What­sapp mes­sages on Ryan Casey’s phone to Adrian Brock?” asked Mr Ali. “Not that I’m aware of,” she replied. The court also heard what Brock said in po­lice in­ter­view the night af­ter the at­tack. The in­ter­view was car­ried out by De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Scott Gould who asked Brock why he had gone to the pub the pre­vi­ous night.

He replied: “To get Ryan.”

The de­tec­tive asked Brock: “You went with the knife with the in­ten­tion of killing him?”

“Yes,” said Brock. “What were you in­tend­ing to do?” To stab him, hence the knife,” replied Brock.

Brock said in the in­ter­view that he had at­tacked Mr Casey due to “per­sonal is­sues” and added: “I don’t have a de­fence. I’m just bla­tantly ad­mit­ting to what I’ve done. I don’t need a de­fence.”

He also told Det Con Gould that he wanted to at­tack Mr Casey “face-to­face so he could see my do­ing it”.

He fur­ther said that he plans to “fin­ish it” with re­gards to Mr Casey.

When asked to ex­plain what he meant, Brock said that even if he went to pri­son he would “hunt him down and kill him. Hence why it’s bet­ter for me to go away [to pri­son] for a long time”.

He also stated that even if he goes to pri­son for “10 or 15 years” he would make it so Mr Casey’s “last breath was taken by me”.

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