Mount Vernon YouTube 'star' described killers Raoul Moat and Dale Cregan as 'heroes' in gun threat to cop

A MAN who became a YouTube star taunted police by ­describing killers Raoul Moat and Dale Cregan as "heroes".

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John Burns, 45, mouthed off at officers when they stopped his car for a routine check on Duchess Place in Rutherglen.

He told one PC he was "going to Raoul Moat him" and made a gun gesture with his hand.

Burns - who claims to be a Scottish Sovereign who believes he can "opt out" of abiding by certain laws - continued his ­tirade of abuse calling the officers "wife beaters".

Burns, from Mount Vernon in Glasgow's East End, denied shouting, swearing and acting in an aggressive manner on October 24, 2012, ­repeatedly making offensive and abusive ­remarks and threats, but was found guilty.

He was also convicted by Sheriff William Wood at Glasgow Sheriff Court of making a gun gesture with his hand.

The sheriff told him: "That's not an expression of free speech, that's abusive conduct to be deplored."

He was ordered to pay £750 within three months or serve 28 days in prison.

Sheriff Wood dismissed Burns' claims the court had no ­jurisdiction and him not consenting to the proceedings. Outside the court Burns said: "I'll do the time, I'm not paying the fine."

In evidence PCs Iain Leighton and David Dooher told how they stopped Burns' vehicle as part of a routine check.

PC Dooher said that when Burns was told it would only take a couple of seconds he replied: "I will give you one second".

Burns told them that Moat and Cregan are "heroes" to him and said: "Anyone who kills a cop is a good man".

Moat shot three people including police officer David Rathband in Newcastle in 2010 and Cregan lured PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone to a hoax emergency call in ­Hattersley, Greater ­Manchester where he shot them dead in 2012.

Burns became an ­internet hit when a video of him and two police ­officers engaged in banter at the side of the road after they pulled him over, was posted on YouTube.


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