Alleged Moat accomplices face conspiracy charge

TWO alleged accomplices of gunman Raoul Moat will face trial next year accused of conspiracy to murder.

Karl Ness, 26, and Qhuram Awan, 23, are accused of helping the ex-bouncer target police officers. They appeared before Newcastle Crown Court via videolink from prison, and also face a charge of possessing a firearm with intent.

During a brief hearing the defendants heard that they will face trial next year before a High Court judge, with a provisional date of January 24.

A plea and case management hearing was fixed for the week beginning November 1.

It is alleged that Ness was with Moat when he injured his ex-lover, Samantha Stobbart, in Birtley, Gateshead, and shot dead her boyfriend, Chris Brown.

Both defendants were allegedly present when PC David Rathband was blasted in the face and shoulder the next day.

The pair are accused of obtaining a sawn-off shotgun for Moat before he was released from prison, and providing supplies while he was on the run for a week.

Ness, of Dudley, North Tyneside, and Awan, of Blyth, Northumberland, were arrested four days before Britain’s most wanted man was discovered.

No pleas were entered and the judge remanded them both into custody until their next court appearance.


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