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Kelsey Donkin Gets Community Service For ‘Bang, Bang’ Jibe To Pc Rathband

June 29, 2011

A woman who said “bang, bang” to the policeman blinded by killer gunman Raoul Moat has been sentenced to community service.

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

Donkin, of Goschen Street, Sunderland, had earlier admitted using threatening words and behaviour to cause distress.

The judge at Newcastle Crown Court gave her a 12-month community service order.

She was arrested after making the comment and a gun gesture with two fingers behind the officer’s back on 2 March.

A hearing on Monday heard that the incident had caused “great distress” to Mr Rathband.

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.

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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