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‘He got two shots… he was a bit of a mess’: Killer Raoul Moat’s sick boast after shooting Pc in the face
Callous killer Raoul Moat bragged how he left policeman David Rathband looking ‘a bit of a mess’ and then threatened to start killing innocent members of the public, his inquest has heard.
Moat, 37, shot and blinded Pc Rathband, 43, after blasting him twice from point-blank range with a sawn-off shotgun as the defenceless officer sat in his traffic car at a roundabout.
In a series of chilling Dictaphone recordings, later recovered by police from the makeshift camp he set up in the Northumberland countryside, Moat recalls the shooting of Pc Rathband.
‘I’m not fussed about not killing him,’ he says. ‘I didn’t think I had killed him anyway. I was going to go along and finish him off but that’s not the point. He got two shots.
‘At the end of the day he’s looking a bit of a mess.’
Attack: Callous gunman Raoul Moat, right, described victim Pc Rathband’s face as a ‘bit of a mess’, left
Moat acknowledged the Pc was not one of the officers he accused of ‘pushing’ him.
‘The officers know who they are, some of the officers have gone into hiding,’ he claimed in the tape.
Moat also said he would ‘take the shoot-out’ rather than go back to jail, an inquest heard today.
The gunman was on the run from police following the shootings of karate instructor Chris Brown, his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and Pc David Rathband when he made the vow.
In the message, the 37-year-old said he had lost the only two people who mattered to him – his grandmother and Miss Stobbart.
He said if he returned to jail he would have ‘nothing to come out to’ and that a shoot-out would mean ‘everybody’s happy’.
Conversation: Jurors listened to a recording of a telephone conversation Raoul Moat, left, had from Durham Prison to girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, pictured right today, on June 10 last year where she told him: ‘It’s over.’
The message was read out to the inquest at Newcastle Crown Court by Superintendent Jim Napier, the Northumbria Police officer in charge of the criminal investigation into Moat’s rampage.
He told John Beggs, cross-examining for Northumbria Police, that the recordings revealed Moat considered himself to have lost the only two adults he cared about.
In the message, Moat said: ‘If I went to jail now, I could hack it because I have lost everything and I have nothing to come out to.
‘I have come out and got my vengeance. I have set Sam up for life, financially at least. But it is not really what I want.
Moat, left, killed his love rival Chris Brown, 29, in Birtley, Gateshead, in July last year, then blasted his ex-lover Samantha Stobbart, 22, right, leaving her in a critical condition
‘IT’S OVER’: THE CONVERSATION WHICH TRIGGERED MOAT’S RAMPAGE
Moat had this conversation from Durham Prison, pictured right, with Samantha Stobbart
He is heard asking her ‘what’s wrong?’
‘It’s over’, she replies.
‘Over what?’, he asks her.
‘I’ve had enough,’ she replies.
‘Of what?’, Moat asks.
‘Everything,’ she replied.
Moat adds: ‘We had one argument the other day. Let’s not get all silly about it.’
He complains that ‘everybody is getting on my case’ and that he is being ‘picked on’.
The conversation ends with the phone being abruptly slammed down.
‘It would be a waste of a life and a waste of the taxpayer’s money. Just take the shoot-out and everybody’s happy.’
Mr Napier said he took the message as an indication that Moat was contemplating provoking a shoot-out with police.
He said this knowledge informed the police reaction to the gunman when he was cornered.
Nowhere in the messages was there any mention of Moat’s ‘estranged’ family – specifically his tax inspector brother Angus or uncle Charlie Alexander, a former artilleryman, both of whom were at the inquest today.
The killer’s best friend also told the inquest today that Raoul Moat’s ex-lover deliberately wound him up hours before he launched his murderous rampage.
In a phone call Samantha Stobbart told the 37-year-old she was seeing her new boyfriend that night, that she had a new hair-do for the date and asked if he was jealous about it, Anthony Wright told the hearing.
Coroner David Mitford asked: ‘Was she deliberately trying to wind him up?’
Mr Wright, who knew Moat for 14 years from working as doormen together in Newcastle, replied: ‘Oh yes, without a shadow of a doubt.’
Moat had heard while in prison that his relationship with Ms Stobbart was over, and she had told him her new man was younger and could knock him out.
Mr Wright told the hearing: ‘It was almost inevitable that when he got out of prison he was going to look for a straightener with this man.
‘If you knew Raoul it was like a red rag to a bull. I couldn’t work out why she was saying it.’
Barristers for the Moat family, the chief constable of Northumbria Police, West Yorkshire Police officers, and Pro-Tec Limited, the firm that supplied new shotgun Taser weapons, were in court.
The inquest, which is expected to last five weeks, will focus on the events in Rothbury on July 9 and 10 when Moat was found, the coroner said.
There will be questions about weapons used, how police managed the incident, how officers dealt with the dead man and how he acted, the jury was told.
Yesterday the inquest heard how Moat said he was ‘full of beans’ after shooting dead Mr Brown and injuring Miss Stobbart.
Jurors were also played a recording of a phone calls made by Moat from Durham prison in which he was told by Miss Stobbart: ‘It’s over’.
The hearing continues.
Steroid addict Raoul Moat shot and blinded Northumbria Police traffic officer PC David Rathband, left, and killed his love rival Chris Brown, right. He also critically injured Samantha Stobbart
Investigation: Police officers from Northumberland Police Marine Unit search drains near to the scene where gunman Raoul Moat took his own life, left, and forensic staff examine evidence at the scene of the suicide
RAOUL MOAT: TIMELINE
Thursday, July 1: Moat is released from Durham prison after serving 18 weeks for assault
Friday, July 2: Prison staff warn police Moat may want to harm Samantha Stobbart
Saturday, July 3: Moat shoots dead Miss Stobbart’s new boyfriend Chris Brown outside her home in Birtley, Gateshead and also injures her. Manhunt is launched for Moat
Sunday, July 4: Pc David Rathband is shot in his patrol car and critically injured. Moat rings officers claiming Miss Stobbart was having an affair with a police officer
Monday, July 5: Manhunt for Moat continues
Tuesday, July 6: Moat’s car is discovered in Rothbury, Northumberland and police flood the area setting up a two-mile exclusion zone. A letter written by Moat reveals his intentions to declare war on the police
Wednesday, July 7: Officers find a tent where Moat had been sleeping and another letter from him
Thursday, July 8: Police say Moat had made threats to the general public and two men were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and bailed
Friday, July 9: At 7pm Moat comes out from his hiding place and reporters watch as he lies on the ground with a gun threatening to kill himself. Police try to negotiate with him for six hours
Saturday, July 10: A gunshot is heard at 1.10am and Moat is declared dead after being rushed to hospital. Police said Moat appeared to have killed himself
MOAT: ‘I’M NOT COMING IN ALIVE’
The inquest jury heard a recording of a telephone call Moat made in which he threatened to kill Northumbria Police officers.
In the five-minute conversation, made to a police call handler shortly before Moat blasted Northumbria Police traffic officer Pc David Rathband, the gunman said he was ‘not coming in alive’.
He said he had taken two hostages and would kill them and any police officer that approached him.
He said he was sorry he had injured his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, leaving her in a critical condition in hospital, but blamed police for ‘stitching him up’ and triggering his rampage.
He said he believed karate instructor Chris Brown was a Northumbria Police officer.
He says in the recording: ‘Hello there, this is the gunman from Birtley last night.
‘What I’m phoning about is, is to tell you exactly why I have done what I have done, right?
‘Now, my girlfriend has been having an affair behind my back with one of your officers.
‘This gentleman that I shot last night, the karate instructor, right, now I…
‘Youse bastards have been on to me, right, for years.
‘Youse have hassled us, harassed us, youse just won’t leave us alone.
‘I went straight six years ago when I met her and I have tried my best to have a normal life and you just won’t let up.
‘Youse won’t leave us alone for five minutes.
‘I can’t drive down the street without the blue lights flashing.
‘Youse have stitched us up for years; you have been in court, stitching us up, so the fact of the matter is, right…
‘She has had an affair with one of your officers.
‘If he had not been a police officer, I would not have shot him.’
Talking about his relationship with Miss Stobbart, he said: ‘I have had nothing but grief… But I have had a genuine relationship with her for six years, which is why we have stayed together, and I have gone straight.
‘I have had a totally legit life with her, I have opened a business, and I have been shafted.
‘You police have took too much off me over the years.’
‘Youse won’t leave us alone.
‘And now youse think you can take me missus.’
The call continues: ‘But the fact of the matter is I’m not coming in alive. Youse have hassled me for so many years. If you come anywhere near me I’ll kill youse. I have got two hostages at the moment, right – come anywhere near me and I’ll kill them as well.
‘I’m coming to get youse.
‘I’m not on the run.
‘I’m coming to get you.’
He continues by saying Miss Stobbart had changed while he was in jail.
The call ends: ‘Right. Now I have had enough. I have had enough of youse.
‘That jail made us unwell. I came out a different kid, y’knaa what I mean?
‘I lost everything through youse, right?
‘Youse just won’t leave us alone, right?
‘So at the end of the day, youse killed me and him before that trigger was ever pulled.’
Call handler: ‘Right.’
Moat: ‘Y’knaa what I mean?’
Moat: ‘Youse are…’
CH: ‘We are trying to help you.’
Moat: ‘You’re not trying to help us, you’re not trying. Youse wanted me to do myself in and I was going to do it till I found out about him properly and what was going on – and as soon as I found out he was one of your officers I thought, ‘nah, youse have had too much from me’.
‘You will get your chance to kill us, right, you will get your chance to kill us.’
CH: ‘Right, we don’t want to do that, we don’t want to do that.’
Moat: ‘Aye, youse wanted me to kill myself but I’m gonna give youse a chance cos I’m hunting for officers now, right?’
CH: ‘No. Please don’t do that.
‘We don’t want any more killing, all right?’
Moat then hangs up.