Accused who stabbed love rival at pub felt betrayed, court hears
A MAN accused of attempted murder says he stabbed a love rival at a Coventry pub as he “hated him for what he had done to me”.
Adrian Brock said he felt “betrayed” at seeing his partner sitting with her estranged husband in the pub garden and proceeded to attack him.
Despite admitting that he kneed, punched and stabbed Ryan Casey – leaving him needing emergency surgery – 46-year-old Brock has denied a charge of attempted murder and is standing trial at Warwick Crown Court He has, however, already pleaded guilty to an alternative offence of wounding with intent following the attack on Mr Casey at the Holyhead pub, in Coundon, in October last year.
Brock, of Lower Precinct, Coventry city centre, told the court that he and Ryan Casey worked together at Co-op Logistics at Prologis Park, in Coventry.
He was also friends on Facebook with Mr Casey’s wife and bumped in to her in a chance meeting outside a bank in October or November 2015. He invited her to join him for a drink, which she did.
They decided to tell her husband that they had met as they believed someone who worked at Co-op Logistics had seen, and they “thought it best him to hear it from us”.
Brock said that after telling Mr Casey of their drink together, the wife rang him to say Mr Casey “wasn’t happy and was on his way to work”. Brock added: “The way she told me on the phone was that he was going to attack me.”
They were kept apart once Mr Casey did arrive at work that day.
The court heard that texts were sent between Brock and Mr Casey with Brock eventually saying they should meet for a “one-to-one conversation”.
Defence barrister Zafar Ali said that a text was sent at a later date by Mr Casey to Brock saying that he was at The Wallace pub and said “let’s have it”.
Brock said he didn’t go the pub as he is “not a fighter”.
Moving to October 2, 2016, Brock said that he and Mrs Casey had been drinking in a city centre pub from around 1pm. After leaving the pub later on they had a “disagreement” and she drove off, Brock said. When she didn’t return, Brock said he went in to his home and then made the decision to walk to her house. But as he was “very anxious” about being attacked due to previous threats being made, he picked up a knife that he kept behind a heater.
While walking to her house with the knife up his sleeve, Brock stated that he saw Mrs Casey’s white Audi TT in the car park of the Holyhead pub. He said that upon seeing her car he felt “hurt and betrayed as people there had threatened me and Ryan had drank there all his life”. Brock stated that he eventually spotted her sat outside the pub and only as he walked towards her did he realise that Mr Casey was also there.
Brock said he “initially I felt panicked and scared” at seeing Mr Casey and then “betrayal” at seeing him sat with Mrs Casey.
Brock told the court that he ran towards Mr Casey and “kneed him in the side of the head”.
He said: “Ryan fell off his chair towards the floor and I followed up with punches to the side of his face.”
Brock stated that he attacked Mr Casey as he “hated him for what he had done to me and how he had made me feel for the past year”.
Mr Ali asked: “Why didn’t you use the knife?”
Brock replied: “I had no intention to use the knife at that point.” He told the jury that after punching Mr Casey he said to him “do you want some?” and Mr Casey then stood up and replied “let’s have it”. Brock added: “I panicked. I thought I had given him some of my best shots and had no effect. I still wanted to hurt him and took the knife out and put it down by my side. I stepped towards him and stabbed him twice in the stomach with the knife.” Mr Ali asked Brock if he “intended to kill” Mr Casey. Brock replied: “No.”
Having left the scene, Brock said he flagged down a police car in Holyhead Road and when it pulled up next to him he threw the knife down and then walked to the back of the vehicle ready to be arrested.
Brock stated that he told the officer who arrested him that he “had his reasons” for stabbing Mr Casey as by that point he had “made a decision to punish myself going forward from that incident. I was ashamed of myself”.
Mr Ali asked why he told officers that he had wanted to kill Mr Casey.
Brock said: “Again I was punishing myself. Some people might use suicide, I wanted to go to prison for a long time at that point.”
He added that he initially didn’t Brock stated that he told the officer who arrested him that he ‘had his reasons’ for stabbing Mr Casey and had ‘made a decision to punish himself.’ deny trying to kill Mr Casey as “I had lost everything at that point. I had lost my children. I had lost my job. I had lost my liberty”.
In cross-examination, prosecutor Matthew Farmer said to Brock: “You are telling this court a pack of lies.” Brock replied: “No I’m not.”
Mr Farmer said: “So you are telling this court that you told a pack of lies to police in interview?”
Brock agreed and said he decided to tell the truth before entering his guilty plea to wounding with intent. The prosecutor asked what Brock and Mrs Casey had rowed about on the afternoon of October 2, 2016.
Brock said it was a “disagreement” and not a row, but cannot recall what it was over.
Mr Farmer said that taking the knife from his home showed “prior planning” and added: “You had planned it from the moment you had a row with [Mrs Casey].” “No,” replied Brock. Mr Farmer stated that Brock took the knife “with one intention and purpose which was to stab Ryan Casey”.
Brock denied this, but admitted that he had initially attacked Mr Casey as he “hated him for what he had done to me”.
Mr Farmer said to Brock: “You went round to the pub with that knife. It was something you had been thinking of doing for some time and you exploded. You intended to kill him.” Brock replied: “That is not correct.”
The jury is set to begin its deliberations this morning.