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Henchmen found guilty of aiding in Raoul Moat’s rampage

Two men are facing jail after being convicted of being gunman Raoul Moat's accomplices during his murderous reign of terror.

Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan conspired with Moat before, during and after he shot three people, killing one.

The jury at Newcastle Crown Court convicted Ness of murder, and both defendants of conspiracy to murder, attempted murder and robbery. Ness was also convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Pc David Rathband, who was left blinded when Moat shot him in the face, hugged his sobbing wife Kath in the public gallery.

Ness (26), of Dudley, North Tyneside, was with steroid addict Moat on the night he executed karate expert Chris Brown (29).

Both defendants appeared to collapse when they learned their fate and held their heads in their hands for several minutes. Sentencing will take place on Tuesday.

Ness and Awan helped Moat stay one step ahead of the law during his rampage last July.

Moat killed himself in a stand-off with police in Rothbury, Northumberland. Ness had helped Moat find out information about Mr Brown on the internet.

After Mr Brown was murdered, Moat turned his gun on ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart (22), who was seeing Mr Brown while Moat was in prison. She was left fighting for her life in hospital.

While in prison, Moat had ordered Ness to spy on her.

Part-time mechanic and doorman Awan (23), of Blyth, Northumberland, helped the pair afterwards by driving a getaway car to a woodland hideout.

The next day Awan drove Moat (37) as he shot Northumbria Police traffic officer Pc Rathband (43) and left him for dead.

Both men helped the fugitive rob a chip shop and set up his campsite in a farmer's field.

Throughout the trial, Ness and Awan maintained they went along with Moat's demands because they feared for their lives and those of their families.

CCTV footage showed Ness and Awan looking calm and relaxed as they ran errands for the killer.

Policeman blinded by thug has a new goal

Blinded Pc David Rathband is determined that good will triumph over tragedy.

The 43-year-old traffic policeman has set up a charity — Pc David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundation — to help emergency services personnel who are injured by a criminal act in the course of their duty.

His aim is to raise £1 million in three years, and the latest of a series of fundraisers will see him take part in the London Marathon next month.

The idea came to him as he lay in his hospital bed in the days after he was shot twice. Scores of pieces of shot, many of which remain in his head, left him what he calls “black blind”.

There is no prospect of him regaining his sight and he faces many more operations.

He has won a number of famous backers, including Dragons' Den businessman Duncan Bannatyne and Carol Vorderman.

His down-to-earth bravery and refusal to buckle in the face |of such adversity has touched |the public.

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