Moat pair get life sentences

Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan
Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan
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THE accomplices of gunman Raoul Moat have been given life sentences.

Karl Ness, 26, and Qhuram Awan, 23, were last week convicted at Newcastle Crown Court in connection with the shootings by Moat in July.

Now Ness, of Dudley, North Tyneside, has been jailed for life with a minimum of 40 years and Awan, of Blyth, Northumberland, to life with a minimum of 20 years.

The pair helped Moat, who shot and killed Christopher Brown, the partner of his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart.

They accompanied Moat as he shot and blinded Pc David Rathband who was sitting in his patrol car.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Mr Justice McCombe said: “The roles played by these two defendants cannot be minimised.

“While the offences may not have been committed without Moat it is difficult to see that they could have been committed in the manner they were without Ness and Awan respectively.”

Ness was convicted of the murder of Chris Brown and both were found guilty of attempted murder, conspiracy to murder and robbery.

Ness was also convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, a charge Awan was cleared of.

Pc Rathband said Moat was a “coward” and his henchmen were “evil”.

He said: “Both Ness and Awan will be very old people before they are released or considered for release and long may they stay there.”

Det Supt Jim Napier, of Northumbria Police, welcomed the sentences.