Two On Trial Accused Of Helping Raoul Moat

A court's heard Raoul Moat boasted ``I'll be back inside by Friday'' shortly before he went out and shot his ex girlfriend, her new partner and a police officer..

The former doorman, who'd been released from Durham Prison just hours earlier, told a barber who was cutting his hair: ``I have got a few things to do....I'll probably be back inside by Friday.''

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

Prosecutor Robert Smith QC told Newcastle Crown Court Moat asked his former business partner Karl Ness, 26, and Ness's friend Qhuram Awan, 23 for help during his rampage.

They were arrested in Rothbury days before Moat shot himself following a stand-off with police.

Ness is charged with the murder of Chris Brown, Ness and Awan are both charged with the attempted murder of Pc David Rathband, who was shot and blinded by Moat as he sat in a patrol car on a roundabout in Newcastle.

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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