Moat accomplices facing life imprisonment

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TWO men have been found guilty of serving as accomplices to gunman Raoul Moat.

Karl Ness, 26, of Dudley, North Tyneside, and Qhuram Awan, 23, of Blyth, Northumberland, broke down in the dock as the jury found them guilty in a unanimous verdict.

Ness denied the murder of Christopher Brown, conspiracy to murder police officers, the attempted murder of Pc David Rathband, robbery, and firearms charges. He was found guilty on all counts.

Awan denied conspiracy to murder police officers, the attempted murder of Pc Rathband, robbery and firearms charges. He was found guilty of all but the firearms charges.

Both Ness and Awan told jurors they feared for their lives while in Moat’s company and could not run because of threats to their families.

After the guilty verdicts were delivered, Ness had to be helped from the dock by four prison guards. Both men were sobbing.

Both men will be sentenced on Tuesday at Newcastle Crown Court. Ness faces a mandatory life sentence.