Raoul Moat’s accomplices have their day in court.
Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan are accused of willingly assisting Moat in his crimes and helping him to avoid capture.
Ness, 26, was a close friend of Moat and worked for him as tree surgeon. He visited the gunman in Durham prison just before his release. He had been aware of Moat’s vendetta against his girlfriend and her new partner.
On his second day as a free man Moat and Ness bought a four man tent from B&Q. The prosecution alleges that the men, and Qhuram Awan, 23, were planning to spend three days camping with the fugitive as he evaded the police.
It was that night that Raoul Moat shot his ex-girlfriend Sam Stobbart and boyfriend Chris Brown. Stobbart was seriously injured and Brown died as a result of the attack. The prosecution claims that during this time Ness was not far away in a getaway van, conversing with Moat via text message.
Moat’s third victim was PC Rathband who was left blind after he was shot in the face by the, now fugitive, gunman. It is alleged that the three men, Moat, Ness and Awan were at the scene and driven away in Awan’s black Lexus.
Police officers were contacted throughout the man hunt by Moat. At one point he claimed that Ness and Awan were being held hostage.
Ness is accused of the murder of Mr Brown, 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.
Mr Awan is charged with the attempted murder of 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.
Both deny the charges.