Moat victim relives the moment he was shot

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RAOUL Moat’s victim Pc David Rathband was back in his uniform to face the men accused of his attempted murder.

 The 43-year-old relived the terrifying night in July last year when he was forced to play dead after he was shot by the on-the-run gunman.

 He took to the witness box, proudly wearing his Northumbria Police uniform, at Newcastle Crown Court to give evidence in the trial of Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan who are accused of being the killer’s accomplices during his days on the run after the shootings.

 Ness and Awan jointly deny conspiring with Moat to kill police officers, the attempted murder of Pc David Rathband as well as robbery and firearm charges.

 Ness also denies the murder of Christopher Brown, Samantha Stobbart’s new boyfriend.

 Pc Rathband was shot by Moat while parked on the side of the Denton Burn roundabout, close to the junctions of the A69 and A1, in Newcastle on July 3, 2010.

The officer said: “I saw this figure appear from the edge of the concrete behind the car and he was in a crouched stance.

 “I realised it was Raoul Moat who had approached the car. I can remember seeing the barrel of gun in front of him and he had his left hand underneath the barrel of the gun and it was pulled up towards his chin.

 “The flash was a very bright, white light which started about one inch in size when it came out of the barrel.”

 The trial continues.