In July of 2010 newly released prisoner Raoul Moat went on the rampage. Before being released from prison the warning signs were evident.
Raoul subsequently killed his former girlfriend's new partner and blinded a policeman before a stand off ensued. Raoul killed himself after a taser or stun gun was used by police. Today the inquest into his death opened and has been hearing evidence.
Her call to Moat turned hin into an angry man, out for revenge. He told her that he was “going to go crazy”. Prison guards and Maot knew that he was on the edge. However, Moat's appeals for help fell on deaf ears. He was released and, armed with a double barrelled shotgun, made his way to Samantha's home. He blasted Chris Brown who died at the scene. Moat also had suicide on his mind but enraged now he went looking for police officers to kill. PC Rathband was in a police car when Moat struck. He was blinded in the shooting.
Moat was eventually located and a stand off between him and police officers esnsued. Moat sat with the shotgun aimed at himself. The inquest is trying to determine if Moat shot himself or was accidentally caused to do so when police used a taser gun.It will concentrate on Moat's final hours on this earth.
He had various suicide notes on his body. One letter to Samantha read, “I don’t know what to say except I love you. Always have, always will. You are the love of my life. I can’t live without you and knowing that you hate me is tearing me apart. This hot and cold thing has pushed me too far and maybe now you will understand just what affect it’s had on me. I’ve never cheated and never would. I know I’ve made mistakes but I thought I was just doing the right thing and giving you a good life. I don’t understand much about what’s gone on lately, but I can’t go on without you. We were so much in love and we have a beautiful daughter. I love you both so much. Now you’ve gone I’ve nothing to look forward to. I’m sorry.xxxPlease take care of our daughter."
The inquest at Newcastle Court continues and is expected to last around 4 weeks.