Siobhan O’Dowd has taken down her Facebook page paying tribute to murderer Raoul Moat.
Raoul Moat shot himself on July 10 after a six-hour stand off with the police in the North East of England. He has been on the run for a week having killed his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart (22), her new boyfriend, Chris Brown and wounding and blinding a policeman, David Rathband.
O’Dowd took down the Facebook page, called “RIP Raoul Moat, You Legend”, on Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking on a British chat show she said “Legends usually get talked about and he is getting talked about, so in my eyes he is a legend.
“I wouldn't say he was a legend for shooting people, but I'd say he was a legend for keeping police on their toes.”
In the interview, O’Dowd said “He kept from the eyes of the police for a week - that was funny," she said. "He was right under their noses and they still couldn't find him."
The Facebook page caused an outcry in Britain where the media covered the manhunt of Moat intently. Disturbingly, members of the public have also been leaving flowers at the spot where Moat shot himself.
Even Prime Minister David Cameron had asked in parliament that she take down the site. He called Moat a “callous murderer” and condemned the public’s tributes. Facebook refused to take it down saying that it didn’t break any rules.
A news site has already been set up by another user. On Friday, it had over 12,000 members.
Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, said, “It is abhorrent anyone would add their name to that list," referring to the friends list on the Facebook page.
“It raises really troubling questions about the nature of modern media.”
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