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Raoul Moat henchmen get life terms

Two men who helped crazed gunman Raoul Moat during his shotgun rampage which left a man dead and a police officer blinded have been jailed for life.

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 two henchmen were convicted at Newcastle Crown Court after a five-week trial on a string of serious charges relating to the 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, last July. The next day he shot and blinded traffic officer Pc David Rathband, 43, leaving him for dead on a roundabout above the A1.

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 pulling the trigger.

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

Awan was driving on the night Moat declared war on police, before he crept up on the unsuspecting officer, while Ness was in the car too.

They were also there when Moat held up a chip shop in Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, the next day. Both men were convicted of robbery.

The men helped the fugitive set up a secret camp in a field outside Rothbury, Northumberland. They went shopping for supplies without Moat and never raised the alarm. The men claimed they were being held hostage and were too scared to tip off police.

Moat gave officers the slip before shooting himself three days later in a stand-off with police. Mr Justice McCombe, sentencing Ness and Awan to life, said both men were a danger to the public.


From Belfast Telegraph