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Finsbury Park student guilty of stabbing rapper Professor Green

PUBLISHED: 12:54 25 October 2010

Rap star Professor Green

Rap star Professor Green

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A MASTERS student who stabbed rapper Professor Green in the neck was told by a judge this week that he is facing years behind bars.

Anthony Jones, 25, of Ashdale House, Woodberry Down Estate, Finsbury Park, attacked the 26-year-old singer with a broken bottle at the trendy Cargo nightclub in Shoreditch.

Professor Green - real name Stephen Manderson - fled the venue drenched in blood and clutching a 15cm wound.

The singer, whose hit single “I Need You Tonight” reached number three in April, feared he was dying and phoned both his mother and grandmother to say ‘goodbye’.

Jones, who has a string of convictions for carrying weapons, targeted the star after accusing him of “jostling” a friend.

A jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court took less than two hours to unanimously convict the thug of wounding with intent after a two-day trial.

Judge John Lafferty, ordering reports and remanding Jones in custody until November 19, warned: “You will receive a very substantial custodial sentence”

Jones denied bottling Professor Green and said his victim was the aggressor, claiming Mr Manderson said: “Do you know who I am?”.

But following the verdict, Judge Lafferty said: “You have shown absolutely no remorse.

“You sought to deceive this jury with a complete cock and bull story.”

The trial heard Jones attacked Professor Green in the early hours of May 23 last year after accusing him of bumping a friend.

Professor Green, bearing a deep V-shaped scar next to his neck tattoo of the word “lucky”, told the court he sat outside on a kerb desperately trying to stem the bleeding.

“I phoned my mother and my grandmother and I said goodbye, I had been stabbed in my neck,” he told jurors.

Prosecutor Christopher Gillespie asked: “How were you actually feeling at this point?’

”I was scared having been cut in the neck,” said the singer.

“I know what happens when people tend to get cut in the neck.”

Mr Gillespie had earlier told jurors: “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.’

Jones said he had heard of Hackney-born Professor Green, who sang with Lily Allen on his debut album Alive Till I’m Dead, but did not recognise him.

Jones was convicted of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.


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