Wednesday 18 January 2017

Gunman's former girlfriend tells of her ordeal

Dean Gray

Published 19/07/2010 | 05:00

The former girlfriend of killer Raoul Moat last night described the moment he opened fire on her and her new boyfriend.

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Sam Stobbart (22) said her decision to use her arm as a shield when Moat (37) opened fire probably saved her life.

Describing the moment when Moat blasted her and new partner, karate instructor Chris Brown (29), she told the 'News of the World': "Raoul jumped out from under the window, actually I shouted at Chris, and that's when Raoul shot Chris."

Fighting back the tears, she added: "Somehow the arm ended up in front of me as a block and the doctors have said to me if the arm wasn't there then I would have died.

Her comments come after it was reported that the officers hunting for Moat were "excited" by the arrival of new Tasers just hours before they entered a stand-off with the gunman.

Witnesses described seeing the weapons being handed out to officers who they said then practised firing them at rubbish sacks.

Moat died after shooting himself in the early hours of Saturday, July 10, at the end of a six-hour stand-off in the village of Rothbury in the UK.

It followed a week-long manhunt for the steroid-abusing father of three, who killed Mr Brown, wounded Ms Stobbart and shot Pc David Rathband (42).

Moat went on the rampage after Ms Stobbart said she had left him for another man.

She watched as he blasted her new boyfriend to death before turning his gun on her.

But Ms Stobbart, who has been under police armed guard in hospital since being shot in the stomach, still loves Moat and feels responsible for Mr Brown's death, according to a relative.

Reprisals

The relative, who did not wish to be named for fear of reprisals by Moat's former associates, said: "Sam is beside herself. She is absolutely devastated at what happened to Chris and knows it was because of what she said to Raoul about having a new boyfriend.

"But she still loves Raoul. She's just absolutely heartbroken at everything that's happened and knows it will be with her for the rest of her life."

The relative said Ms Stobbart was recovering well and was sitting up in bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.

Earlier this week, the opening of the inquest into Moat's death heard two Tasers were fired at him around the same time as the fatal shot.

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