Moat’s henchmen sentenced to life in prison

Karl Ness (left) and Qhuram Awan.
Karl Ness (left) and Qhuram Awan.

TWO men convicted of being Raoul Moat’s henchmen have been jailed for life.

Karl Nesswas told he will serve a minimum sentence of 40 years while Qhuaram Awan will spend a minimum of 20 years inside, Newcastle Crown Court heard today.

The pair were arrested in Rothbury in July last year after helping Moat evade police during the week long manhunt.

Commenting on the sentence Detective Superintendent Jim Napier said: “We welcome these sentences which reflect the severity of the crimes Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan were involved in.

“Both men now have a long time in which to reflect on their cowardly actions which left one man dead, two people seriously injured and countless others traumatised.

“Throughout that week last July both men had numerous opportunities to stop these unfolding events and prevent people being killed and injured. However neither took any responsibility for their actions.

“Our thoughts remain with the families of all those who have been killed or injured as a result of the actions of these men.”