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Woman Admits Saying ‘Bang, Bang’ To Pc David Rathband

June 27, 2011

A woman has admitted saying “bang, bang” to the policeman blinded by killer gunman Raoul Moat.

Kelsey Donkin, 22, made the comment when Pc David Rathband arrived at Newcastle Crown Court for the trial of two men accused of helping Moat.

Donkin, of Stamford Avenue, Sunderland, had originally denied the public order offence and her trial was due to start when she changed her plea.

She is due to be sentenced at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court later.

She was arrested after making the comment and a gun gesture with two fingers behind the officer’s back as he attended Newcastle Crown Court on 2 March.

She was accused of using threatening words and behaviour to cause Pc Rathband distress.

The unarmed Pc lost his sight after Moat shot him in the face twice, 24 hours after Moat murdered his ex-girlfriend’s new lover and seriously injured her.

Minutes before Pc Rathband was shot in the face, Moat had called Northumbria Police and said he intended to target other police officers.

Following the shootings, a manhunt started for Moat. The 37-year-old died after a six-hour stand-off with police in Rothbury, Northumberland, on 10 July 2010.

Karl Ness, 26, and Qhuram Awan, 23, were found guilty of helping Moat. Ness was given a 40-year minimum term, and Awan must serve at least 20 years.

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