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Moat 'left behind suicide notes'

Police found a series of suicide notes left by gun maniac Raoul Moat after he embarked on a murderous rampage, an inquest jury has been told.

He left six letters in his house which showed Moat intended to take his own life, the inquest at Newcastle Crown Court heard.

In one, to ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, he expresses his love for her and says that he cannot live without her, adding: "Knowing you hate me is tearing me apart."

In another to his business partner and friend Karl Ness, he writes: "Sorry mate, I'm done with it all. Please take the company if you want it. I can't do this any more."

The court was told the failed relationship with Ms Stobbart was the "catalyst" for his murderous rampage.

Moat warned his ex-girlfriend that he was "going to go crazy" after she told him she wanted him out of her life, the jury heard. In a prison phone call which sparked his murderous rampage, Ms Stobbart told the 37-year-old Newcastle bouncer that her new boyfriend was a "handy f****** bloke" who could knock him out.

Moat killed his love rival Chris Brown, 29, in Birtley, Gateshead, in July last year, then blasted his ex-lover Samantha Stobbart, 22, leaving her in a critical condition. The next night he shot and blinded unarmed Pc David Rathband, who was sitting in a patrol car outside Newcastle.

Moat died a week later after a stand-off with police in Rothbury, Northumberland, following a huge manhunt.

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 deceased and how he acted, the jury was told.


From Belfast Telegraph