Ac­cused who stabbed love ri­val at pub felt be­trayed, court hears

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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.

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