Moat pair face murder bid charges
Two men accused of helping gunman Raoul Moat will face charges of attempting to murder David Rathband - the police officer shot and blinded by the former bouncer, prosecutors have said.
Karl Ness, 26, and Qhuram Awan, 23, will face these allegations in court next month. Ness will also face a charge of murdering Chris Brown, the only person killed by Moat.
Kingsley Hyland, head of the Complex Casework Unit at the Northumbria branch of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), confirmed the move after Mr Ness and Mr Awan appeared at Sheffield Crown Court.
During a brief hearing, the pair were expected to enter pleas to charges of conspiracy to murder and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
But the judge, Mr Justice McCombe, ruled they will now not have to enter pleas until January.
Mr Hyland said the new allegations will be put to Mr Ness and Mr Awan at their next appearance in court in Newcastle.
Mr Ness will then face a charge of murdering Mr Brown, attempting to murder Pc Rathband, two charges of conspiracy to murder, one charge of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and one of robbing a fish shop.
Mr Awan will face a charge of attempting to murder Pc Rathband, one charge of conspiracy to murder, one charge of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and one of robbing a fish shop.
The pair are alleged to have been with Moat when he shot Chris Brown dead and wounded Samantha Stobbart at her home in Birtley, near Chester-le-Street, in July.
Mr Ness, of Dudley, North Tyneside, and Mr Awan, of Blyth, Northumberland, are due to stand trial on January 24 after being remanded in custody. The judge said they will face a further plea and directions hearing in early January at Newcastle Crown Court, on a date to be fixed.