Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mother Tells How Raoul's 'Helper' Feared the Killer; Jury Heards Moat Was a Dominant Figure in Friendship

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mother Tells How Raoul's 'Helper' Feared the Killer; Jury Heards Moat Was a Dominant Figure in Friendship

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY

THE mother of murder accused Karl Ness has told a court she warned her son Raoul Moat was 'no good'.

Maureen Ness said she had told her son 'don't have anything to do with him' after forming the opinion Moat was a bad influence.

Mrs Ness said her son was 'a bit of a loner' and told how she thought he admired and feared Moat.

Prosecutors claim Ness and co-accused Qhuram Awan helped the killer during his shooting spree last summer which left one man dead and two people seriously injured.

Ness's mam told the murder trial Moat was the dominant figure in his friendship.

She said: "I think it was as if Raoul said 'Karl we are doing this and going there' and Karl would say 'OK' and would be led on.

"I think he admired Raoul but on the other hand I think he was also in fear of him, it was as if he had to do as he was told, I had thought that for a long time.

"If Karl mentioned Raoul I would say 'don't go' or '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'."

Mrs Ness told how she was shocked when her daughter-inlaw, Kelly Ness, contacted her on July 3 last year to say Ness had left a letter saying he was being held hostage by Moat.

Ness delivered a letter to the house of Kelly in which he claimed he was being held against his will.

The letter said: "Don't be alarmed but I'm being held hostage by Raoul. I'm being treated like a gent, Raoul is a nice bloke but he has problems, don't we all.

"He is a mate of mine and I will do as much as a can to help him.

"Tell my mother and tell her not to go to the police as I will not be back if she does."

The trial also heard from Kelly Ness's dad, Thomas Flaherty, who received the letter from Ness.

He said Ness was 'quiet and unassuming' and described him as 'a bit of a Del Boy character', selling and buying things 'but not always very wisely'. …

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