Sunderland woman accused of Pc Rathband ‘gun’ prank revealed

Police officer David Rathband arrives with his wife Katherine to give evidence in the Raoul Moat case at Newcastle Crown Court.
Police officer David Rathband arrives with his wife Katherine to give evidence in the Raoul Moat case at Newcastle Crown Court.
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THE Wearside woman accused of making gun gestures at hero policeman David Rathband has been revealed.

Kelsey Donkin is also said to have shouted “bang, bang” at the officer, who was blinded by killer gunman Raoul Moat.

Kelsey Donkin, from Sunderland.

Kelsey Donkin, from Sunderland.

The incident allegedly happened when Pc Rathband arrived at Newcastle Crown Court for the trial of two men accused of helping Moat during his rampage, which included shooting his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and murdering her boyfriend Chris Brown.

The officer, 42, was said to have been “shaken,” as it brought back memories of his ordeal, when he was shot in the face while sat in his patrol car parked at Denton roundabout, above the A1 last July.

Donkin, from East Herrington, was at court on Wednesday to support a friend in a separate case, when it is claimed she made the unsavoury comments and actions.

It has been reported that she was trying to impress those she was at the time.

She was arrested on the fourth floor concourse inside the Quayside court building, and led away in handcuffs by three uniformed police officers.

Relations of Donkin have condemned what she is accused of doing.

After questioning, she was bailed by police, pending further inquiries.

Pc Rathband was attending the ongoing trial at Newcastle Crown Court of Qhuram Awan, 23, of Blyth, Northumberland, and Karl Ness, 26, of Dudley, Gateshead.

They both deny conspiracy to murder, the attempted murder of Pc Rathband, a firearms offence and robbery of a Northumberland fish and chip shop.

Ness also denies the murder of karate instructor Chris Brown.

The trial continues.