Woman in court over Rathband ‘gun’ prank claim

Kelsey Donkin
Kelsey Donkin
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A WOMAN alleged to have shouted “bang bang” to hero policeman David Rathband is to face court.

Wearsider Kelsey Donkin is also accused of making gun gestures behind the officer, who was blinded when he was shot while on patrol by fugitive killer Raoul Moat.

Donkin, from East Herrington, answered bail yesterday and has now been charged.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Kelsey Donkin, 22, of Clinton Place, Sunderland, has been charged with disorderly conduct, and is due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, April 21.”

The offence allegedly happened at Newcastle Quayside, on Wednesday, March 2, when Donkin was going to the crown court to support a friend.

Pc Rathband was there 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, karate instructor Chris Brown.

The 43-year-old officer was shot in the face while sat in his patrol car parked at Denton roundabout, above the A1 last July.

Moat’s best friend Karl Ness, 26, was convicted of murder, conspiracy to murder and attempted murder, and given three concurrent life sentences.

His friend Qhurum Awan, from Blyth, got two concurrent life sentences for conspiracy to murder and attempted murder.

The 23-year-old mechanic drove the getaway car after Moat blasted Pc Rathband.

The officer has said he plans to sue Northumbria Police over its handing of the manhunt for Moat.

“There are individuals within my organisation who made terrible mistakes,” he said.

“What happened to me could have been avoided. They should be held to account.”

Pc Rathband recently completed a 10km race in Northumberland, as part of his training for the London Marathon on April 17.

It is part of the fund-raising for his Blue Lamp Foundation, to support emergency services personnel who have been injured in the line of duty as a result of a criminal act.

He came up with the idea for the charity while lying in a hospital bed recovering from horrific injuries inflicted by Moat.