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Policeman blinded by killer Raoul Moat ‘in good spirits’

The policeman blinded after being shot in the face by deranged gunman Raoul Moat in a random attack 17 days ago was discharged from hospital yesterday.

Pc David Rathband (42) was sitting in his patrol car at a roundabout in Newcastle when the killer fired at him without warning.

The married father-of-two was rushed to hospital but doctors were unable to save his sight.

His twin brother Darren said he was discharged from the city's Royal Victoria Infirmary yesterday. Speaking outside the hospital, Darren said he'd travelled up from Stafford to see his brother safe from hospital. He said yesterday: “David's left hospital today, he's gone home with Kath and the children. He's good. He's fine, he's in remarkable spirits. His face is remarkably well; he looks similar to me, he's got a great sense of humour, but he's very well aware that he's got a massive road ahead of him.”

Pc Rathband, who was shot twice in the attack, said he was now “medically” on the mend.

Bouncer Moat (37), from Newcastle, went on the rampage after his ex-lover Sam Stobbart, of Birtley, Gateshead, told him their relationship was over.

He shot Ms Stobbart, killed her new boyfriend, karate instructor Chris Brown, and blasted the policeman before going on the run, sparking a week-long manhunt.

The steroid-abusing father of three shot himself dead in Rothbury on July 10 after a stand-off.

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