Moat 'boasted before gun rampage'

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Two men accused of helping shotgun killer Raoul Moat during his rampage gave gone on trial

Shotgun killer Raoul Moat boasted “I’ll be back inside by Friday” shortly before his murder rampage, a court has been told.

The former doorman, who had been released from Durham Prison just hours earlier, told a barber who was cutting his hair: “I have got a few things to do and I’ve got a few arses to kick. I’ll probably be back inside by Friday.”

Moat, 37, had become obsessed that his former girlfriend was seeing another man after ending their six-year relationship.

He was determined to track down her new boyfriend and was bent on revenge, prosecutor Robert Smith QC told Newcastle Crown Court.

He enlisted the help of his former business partner Karl Ness, 26, and Ness’s friend Qhuram Awan, 23, during his rampage, the court heard.

The pair, who were arrested in Rothbury, Northumberland, days before Moat shot himself following a stand-off with police, are standing trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Ness is charged with the murder of Chris Brown, who was shot dead on July 3. Ness and Awan are both charged with the attempted murder of Pc David Rathband, who was shot and blinded by the crazed fugitive.

Ness denies the murder of Mr Brown, attempting to murder Pc Rathband, one charge of conspiracy to murder, one charge of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and one of robbing a fish shop.

Awan denies the attempted murder of Pc Rathband, one charge of conspiracy to murder, one charge of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and one of robbing a fish shop.

Ness, of Brookside, Dudley, North Tyneside, and Awan, of Rowley Street, Blyth, North Tyneside, entered not guilty pleas at a hearing earlier this month.

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