UK: MURDERED ON THE STREET
robert Knox, 18, had been working as an actor since he was 11, winning roles in The Bill and the reality show Trust Me, I’m a Teenager.
In 2007, he got his big break playing Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince.
He had already been signed up for the planned sequel.
In May 2008, days after filming finished, Rob was in a bar in Sidcup, Kent, with his brother Jamie, then 17.
Drunk and angry, Karl Bishop, 21, accused the brothers of stealing his phone – actually taken by a female friend.
A fight broke out.
Rob and his friends fought off Bishop and the police arrived.
‘I’m going to come back and someone’s going to die,’ Bishop had screamed.
The next week, he did return to the bar. He was refused entry, but started threatening Jamie and his friends outside.
Protecting his brother, Rob stormed out and confronted Bishop.
Bishop pulled out two knives, swinging wildly. Bottles were thrown, and a chair.
Trying to stop Bishop, Rob rugby tackled him.
Seeing Bishop still with the knife, Jamie tried to pull him off his brother.
But it was too late. Rob had been stabbed four times in the chest. As Rob lay dying, Jamie phoned their mum Sally, who rushed to his side. Bishop was arrested, but Rob was pronounced dead. Karl Bishop was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey in March 2009 and was jailed for life, with a minimum of 20 years. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince was released in July that year. The cast and crew wore white ribbons to the premiere, in memory of their murdered colleague.