Woman warned son Moat was ‘no good’

The mother of a man accused of helping Northumberland shotgun maniac Raoul Moat has told a court that she had warned her son his only friend was no good.

Karl Ness, 26, is accused of assisting the former doorman’s murderous rampage in July, in which Moat shot his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, killed her new boyfriend Chris Brown and blinded unarmed Pc David Rathband within 24 hours.

Ness and co-accused Qhuram Awan, 23, claimed they were being held hostage and feared for their families, Newcastle Crown Court has heard.

Ness’s mother Maureen told the jury: “I told the police Karl was a bit of a loner. He didn’t have regular friends except for Raoul Moat.

“He did a lot of work for Raoul. I felt on the one hand Karl admired Raoul, but on the other hand he also feared him.”

She added: “If Karl mentioned Raoul, I would say ‘Don’t go. You don’t have anything to do with him’ because I didn’t think he was any good. Karl took no notice, he just said ‘It’s OK, Mam’.”

Kelly Ness, married to the defendant’s brother Michael, told police her brother-in-law was not aggressive and described him as “very laid-back”.

After Moat shot Pc Rathband, Ness wrote her two notes, which were dropped at her house. One included the lines: “Please don’t worry, I’m OK. But you really cannot let the police know I am contacting you or I’m dead. He will come for my mam. Everything is OK, we are getting fed and watered so I am happy LOL.

“He has me as a hostage and my friend as the driver. He is going to kill as many police as he can and get gunned down himself. Keep these letters for the police when it’s over.”

Ness denies murdering Mr Brown. Both defendants deny conspiracy to murder, the attempted murder of PC Rathband, possessing a firearm and robbing a takeaway.