Moat left suicide notes before going on killing spree
Police found a series of suicide notes left by Raoul Moat after he embarked on a murderous rampage, an inquest jury heard yesterday. 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 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, Ms Stobbart told the 37-year-old Newcastle bouncer that her new boyfriend was a "handy f*****g bloke", who could knock him out.
Moat killed his love rival Chris Brown (29) in Birtley, England, in July last year, then shot his ex-lover Samantha Stobbart (22), leaving her in a critical condition.
The next night he shot and blinded unarmed police officer 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.
Superintendent Jim Napier told the hearing: "It is clear from the evidence that Moat's break-up with Samantha Stobbart was the catalyst for his acts."
After the Birtley shootings, Moat rang his friend Anthony Wright and said: "I have got a gun. I'm going to do myself in."
After finding the notes, police discovered home-made ammunition and in the loft was a noose.
Moat also left a note to a friend which said: "I'm a killer and a maniac but I ain't a coward."
The inquest, which is expected to last five weeks, will focus on the events in Rothbury on July 9 and 10, 2010, when Moat was found, the coroner said.
There will be questions about weapons used and how police managed the incident, how officers dealt with the deceased and how he acted, the jury was told.