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Thread #16605   Message #155747
Posted By: katlaughing
30-Dec-99 - 02:49 PM
Thread Name: Confession: I stabbed George Harrison
Subject: RE: Confession: I stabbed George Harrison
From the DRUDGE REPORT's links:

Beatle Harrison Stabbed By Intruder

Beatle George Harrison is in hospital after being stabbed in the chest as he grappled with a knife-wielding intruder at his mansion.

The guitarist suffered an inch deep wound and his wife Olivia was also injured as they overpowered the attacker, who was arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder.

Their ordeal - almost 19 years after Harrison's fellow Beatle John Lennon was shot dead by an obsessive fan outside his New York apartment - began when they heard a noise at their secluded home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

They raised the alarm and confronted the intruder as police went to the scene.

Thames Valley Police said a man, understood to be aged 33 and from Liverpool, is being questioned about the incident at Friar Park, the Harrisons' home for more than 20 years.

Merseyside Police later searched an address in Huyton, Liverpool, in connection with the incident. Michael Abram is registered on the electoral roll as living at the flat.

Although there has been no official comment on the motive for the attack, police sources said they do not believe it was a simple burglary and they are looking at a more "sinister" explanation.

A hospital official who spoke to Mr Harrison said he had also ruled out burglary.

Mark Gritten, chief executive of the Royal Berkshire Hospital where the star was taken, said that although the Beatle was shocked by what had happened, he had not lost his sense of humour.

"The quote he gave me was that the man wasn't a burglar but that he certainly wasn't auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys (Harrison's band)," Mr Gritten said.