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Accused said being with Moat was 'like a video game'

Raoul Moat
Image caption Raoul Moat went on the run for a week after the shootings

A man accused of helping Raoul Moat has told a court that being with the gunman was like playing a violent video game.

Qhuram Awan told Newcastle Crown Court he felt as though he was trapped in a cross between Grand Theft Auto and a Bourne Identity film.

Mr Arwan, 23 and Karl Ness, 26, deny conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, a firearms offence and robbery.

The pair say they were with Moat last July because they were too afraid to turn him into police.

The court heard that in notes he jotted to himself during Moat's rampage in July, Mr Awan said: "It's all getting too much now. It's like a cross between GTA and Jason Bourne.

"I know it sounds horrible but it is a game about a man on a mission. You're going round shooting people and stealing cars."

Mr Awan has admitted driving Moat from the A1 roundabout where the gunman shot and blinded unarmed Pc David Rathband.

He had earlier shot and killed Chris Brown in Gateshead, in the mistaken belief he was a policeman who was in a relationship with his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart.

Woodland hideout

Mr Awan said he feared for his life after Moat made threats against his family and told him: "You're with me now."

The part-time mechanic, of Blyth, Northumberland, waved to a police helicopter moments before he and Karl Ness were caught by armed officers hunting for the on-the-run gunman in Rothbury.

He told the court of his relief upon being arrested, and his belief that he would be released to see his family immediately after being interviewed.

The jury also heard how Mr Awan telephoned Moat in Rothbury to warn him police were closing in.

Moat ordered him to destroy the evidence of their woodland hideout and to "make his way down river".

He said this was the moment he realised he was free of the fugitive.

Moat killed himself after going on the run following a stand off with police in Rothbury.

The trial continues.

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