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‘I thought I was dying’, stabbed rap star tells court

PUBLISHED: 11:02 20 October 2010

Rap star Professor Green

Rap star Professor Green

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Professor Green called mum to say goodbye after alleged attack by Finsbury Park man

RAP star Professor Green this week told the Old Bailey that he thought he was going to die after he was stabbed in the neck with a bottle at a Shoreditch nightclub.

Jurors heard that the 26-year-old artist - whose real name is Stephen Manderson - phoned relatives to bid them a final farewell after he was allegedly attacked by Anthony Jones, of Ashdale house, on the Woodberry Down Estate, Finsbury Park.

Mr Manderson, who bears a scar on the left side of his neck next to a large tattoo of the word “Lucky”, told jurors he made the phone calls as he sat on the a kerb outside the Cargo club with blood pouring from the 15cm wound.

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

Mr Gillespie asked: ‘How were you actually feeling at this point?’

“I was scared having been cut in the neck.

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

Mr Manderson said he was targeted again while outside in the street but was unable to identify his attacker.

“I got hit over the back of the head,” said the singer.

“At this point I didn’t see who hit me.”

He said the attacker screamed: “You’re dead you f****** p****, you’re f****** dead” but the man was pulled away.

Mr Manderson said he had earlier attended the Karaoke Box bar in Farringdon, before arriving for an evening of “grime” music at Cargo.

He told the court he drank three glasses of Jack Daniel’s whisky at the venue but had not been drunk.

“I was happy, really happy - one of my favourite DJs was playing,” said Mr Manderson.

“I was in a really good mood.”

But Mr Manderson said the evening took a nasty turn when he was accused of barging into a reveller.

“There was a girl who I had spoken to briefly who was walking towards the exit and I was walking to catch her up,” said Mr Manderson.

“As I was making my way there was a lot of people to my right and there were two people to my left.

“I said ‘excuse me’ and I just moved past the person.

“I just put my hand on his shoulder as to not push past him.”

Then Mr Manderson was suddenly confronted by Jones who accused him of barging into a friend, the court heard.

“He told me that I had barged his mate,” said Mr Manderson.

He said Jones told him to shake his friend’s hand and say sorry, then snarled: ‘You’re a bad man, aren’t you? You’re the baddest man in here’.

“I stood my ground, I said: ‘I’m not a bad man and I’m not a p**** either’ and he backed off,” said Mr Manderson.

But minutes later Jones assaulted him.

“The mixed race man who I had that argument came at me, came through the crowd,” said Mr Manderson.

“All I saw was a hand come up to my face and neck.

“It was his right hand.

“The first thing I knew of him having something in his hand was when it was in my neck.

“There was a very, very warm feeling in my neck.

“I put my hand up and blood was everywhere.”

Jones denies wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm

The trial continues.


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