News Wife of alleged attempted murder victim faces court
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”.