Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Moat accused 'wrote secret note'

Raoul Moat shot his ex-girlfriend, killed her new boyfriend and the next day blinded unarmed police officer David Rathband

One of two men accused of helping shotgun killer Raoul Moat during his murderous rampage wrote a secret note for his girlfriend in a "crude attempt" to get her to help his defence, a court has been told.

Karl Ness, who hid the letter in his shoe while he was on remand, wanted his partner to back up his story that Moat forced him and co-defendant Qhuram Awan to assist him, and that they were being held hostage, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Obsessive Moat shot his ex-girlfriend Sam Stobbart, killed her new boyfriend and the next day blinded unarmed Pc David Rathband after going hunting for police officers.

Ness, 26, from Dudley, North Tyneside, denies murdering Chris Brown, who was executed with three shots by Moat. Both defendants deny conspiracy to murder, the attempted murder of Pc Rathband, a firearms offence and robbery of a Northumberland fish and chip shop.

Robert Smith QC, prosecuting, told the jury the note was found during a routine search at Holme House Prison where Ness was being held on remand. The letter, which was intended to be passed on to his girlfriend during a visit, instructed her in his version of events after Moat had carried out the double shooting, the jury heard.

Ness wrote to her: "At roughly 3.30am Raoul turned up at yours going crazy and telling you what he did and what he had done!"

In his version, she then summoned him to come to her home with Awan.

"I got there and there was Raoul pointing a gun at you. He told me everything what he had done and me and Shaun (Awan's nickname) were in shock."

Ness added: "He said he was taking us for insurance. That's the last you seen of us!!! Raoul said if the police come to you don't tell the truth or you're f****d."

The case was adjourned until Monday when the first witness is due to give evidence.

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