Finsbury Park man accused of bottling rap star Professor Green
15:20 19 October 2010
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A NIGHTCLUB reveller stabbed a broken bottle into a rap star’s neck in a “cowardly and vicious” attack, a court heard.
Anthony Jones, 25, of Ashdale House, on the Woodberry Down Estate, Finsbury Park, left musician Professor Green with a 15cm gash to the left side of his neck where he has a distinctive tattoo, jurors heard.
Jones struck at the trendy Cargo nightclub in Shoreditch after accusing the victim - whose real name is Stephen Manderson - of “jostling” a friend, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
Mr Manderson - whose INXS-inspired hit record “I Need You Tonight” reached number three in the charts earlier this year - was left drenched in blood, it was said.
Christopher Gillespie, prosecuting, said: “The prosecution’s case is that the defendant took offence because one of his friends, as he saw it, had been jostled in this nightclub by Mr Manderson.
“He had words with Mr Manderson and he behaved aggressively towards him.
“Minutes later the defendant launched a cowardly and vicious attack on Mr Manderson, approaching him at speed through the crowds in the club and striking him in the face and neck with the bottle.
“The force of the blow knocked him backwards and Mr Manderson realised that he had been stabbed and ran out of the club bleeding.
“The blow caused a large V-shaped wound that bled profusely.”
After Mr Manderson fled the nightspot in the early hours of May 23 last year, Jones pursued him outside to abuse him, the court heard.
As Mr Manderson sat on the kerb nursing his heavily bleeding wound, Jones allegedly yelled: “You’re f****** dead”.
Jones, who was said to have been wearing a baseball-style jacket with the words “Bathed Ape” emblazoned on the back, was arrested outside the club, the court heard.
Medics later used special stitches to close the huge wound to Mr Manderson’s neck after the glass sliced almost to the bone, the court heard.
“The muscle had been damaged right down to the tissue that covers the bone,” said Mr Gillespie.
Mr Manderson, who once dated singer Pixie Lott, later picked out Jones from an identity parade, the court heard.
Jones denied attacking Mr Manderson, insisting he took no part in the alleged assault, it was said.
“When he was interviewed he gave a lengthy prepared statement in which he said there had been a fight in the club and he himself had not been involved in that fight,” said Mr Gillespie.
“He said at no stage did he have anything in his hand.”
Jones denies wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
The trial continues.