Murder UK

We are proud to be on the recommended reading lists of many university and colleges around the world, and are regularly used by TV and film companies conducting research. We are delighted to be acknowledged in many leading crime books. We are the original murder site since 1993.

Murder UK is a site dedicated to documenting and investigating murder in the UK. We aim to be precise with facts and avoid speculation. If however you find discrepancies please contact us




Karl Bishop

Kill Total: 1 Kill place: Sidcup, Kent
Kill date: 24th May 2008 Victim(s): Rob Knox
Date of Birth: 1987 Marital Status: Single
AKA: Occupation:


Saturday 24th May 2008,

Rob Knox, aged 18, who played the part of Marcus Belby in the film Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and had been promised a part in the next Harry Potter film. was stabbed in a fight outside the Metro Bar, Sidcup, Kent, in the early hours of Saturday 24th May. 

Rob had stepped into help his brother. who had got involved in an argument. 

Karl Bishop was arguing outside the bar and was outnumbered. He left the scene, went home, and returned with 2 knives. A crowd gathered, and a fight ensued, Rob Knox was stabbed and five others were injured.


A post-mortem examination held at the Royal Princess Hospital, Farnborough, revealed that Mr Knox died of internal bleeding as a result of stab wounds.

Karl Bishop  appeared in court charged with the murder and with wounding five others. He was remanded in custody 


Wednesday 4th March 2009, Karl Bishop was convicted of murder.  Giving evidence at the trial, Bishop said he had been "very angry" as a child and attended anger management courses.

He was expelled from school and began getting into trouble with the police for criminal damage from the age of about 14, he said. 

The prosecution described Bishop as a person who "carries knives like others carry pens in their pockets"


Thursday 5th March 2009, Bishop was sentenced to life in prison with a recommendation he serve a minimum 20 years.


Have your say about this case in our USER FORUM >>