A Harry Potter actor who was fatally stabbed did not smash a bottle over the head of his alleged killer, the Old Bailey has been told.Looks like the killer is planning one of those Harperson-mandated ‘killer in fear’ defences…
Tarik Ozresberoglu said Rob Knox, 18, was "unarmed" and confronted accused killer Karl Bishop "like a man".
Giving evidence Mr Ozresberoglu said he had tried to hold his friend back when the row began.Mr Ozresberoglu must be the kind of witness prosecutors love. Defence, not so much…
Responding to a suggestion from Ian Bourne, QC, that the actor had smashed a bottle over Mr Bishop's head, he said: "He went over there like a man, with nothing in his hand, not with knives.
"He (Mr Bishop) did everything. Everyone that got stabbed, he did it," Mr Ozresberoglu said.
Then turning to Mr Bourne he said: "I don't know how you can defend him, a criminal.Oh, oh! The judge wasn’t about to let that stand – all that stuff about ‘the truth, the whole truth..’ wasn’t meant to apply to the court staff themselves, obviously:
"I'd rather be a dustman, a man's job, than do what you do."
He added: "Look at him there laughing, that clown over there, absolute clown."
Mr Justice Bean warned Mr Ozresberoglu that he could be taken down to the court cells adding that the barrister was "doing his job".Well, yes. I rather think that’s the point Mr Ozresberoglu was making.