Friday 15 December 2017

Pair who aided Moat's rampage get life terms

Tom Wilkinson in Newcastle

TWO men who helped the crazed gunman Raoul Moat during his shotgun rampage in Britain which left a man dead and a police officer blinded were jailed for life yesterday.

Karl Ness will serve at least 40 years before he can apply for parole, while Qhuram Awan must stay behind bars for a minimum of 20 years.

The pair were convicted at Newcastle Crown Court of a string of serious charges relating to last July's murderous rampage led by Moat.

The jealous and obsessive former doorman shot his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart (22) and killed her new boyfriend Chris Brown (29) in Birtley, Tyneside in the northeast of England.

The next day he shot and blinded PC David Rathband (43), leaving him for dead.

Ness (26), from Dudley, North Tyneside, helped source a gun while Moat was in prison, spied on Ms Stobbart for him and helped research the identity of her new lover on the internet.

He was convicted of murdering Mr Brown, despite not having pulled the trigger.

Awan (23), from Blyth, Northumberland, and Ness were convicted of conspiracy to murder police officers and the attempted murder of PC Rathband.

The men helped the fugitive set up a secret camp in a field. They went shopping for supplies without Moat but did not raise the alarm. The men claimed that they were being held hostage and were too scared to tip off police.

They were arrested by officers who disorientated them with a stun grenade.

Moat gave officers the slip before shooting himself three days later in a stand-off with police.

Irish Independent

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