Girlfriend tells of Moat shooting


Raoul Moat killed Samantha Stobbart's boyfriend and then turned his gun on her, a court has heard

The ex-girlfriend of Raoul Moat has told a court about the moment the killer shot dead her new boyfriend then turned his shotgun on her.

Samantha Stobbart, 22, was left fighting for her life in hospital after Moat, 37, blasted her through the glass window of a friend’s home in Birtley, Gateshead, a shotgun round piercing her arm then hitting her liver, stomach and pancreas.

The former doorman had just shot her karate instructor boyfriend Chris Brown in the neck and chest before “calmly executing” him with a final shot to the head, a trial heard. Ms Stobbart wept as she told a jury at Newcastle Crown Court how Moat “just appeared” and started shooting on July 3 last year.

Wearing a short-sleeved dark blouse which exposed a livid scar caused by the injury Moat inflicted on the inside of her left forearm, and with her hair dyed dark brown, she described fearing what Moat would do.

Moat wrongly believed Mr Brown, 29, was a police officer after Miss Stobbart said he was in an effort to scare him off. She and Mr Brown were walking towards her home in Birtley when Moat, who had been lying in wait beneath the open window of a friend’s home, attacked them.

Prosecutor Robert Smith QC asked whether Moat had anything in his hands. She whispered: “A gun. A gun. I did not see the gun at first. Then I seen him load it.” Moat then raised the sawn-off double-barrelled shotgun and shot Mr Brown in the chest.

Miss Stobbart said: “Chris went down to the grass and I followed him. I remember Raoul was shouting. I don’t know what. Shouting. He pointed the gun at my legs and I ran into the house. I was panicking because my daughter was upstairs and I was running about the house looking for the keys and I did not know what they looked like.

“I heard two shots. When I looked out the window it was done. I didn’t see Raoul come towards the house, I was concentrating on Chris. I just heard shouting and before I knew it I got shot.”

Miss Stobbart was giving evidence at the trial of two men alleged to have been the willing accomplices of Moat during his rampage. Karl Ness, 26, and Qhuram Awan claim they were being held hostage by the former doorman, who shot Miss Stobbart, killed her new boyfriend and the next day blinded unarmed Pc David Rathband after going hunting for police officers.

Both defendants deny conspiracy to murder, the attempted murder of Pc Rathband, a firearms offence and robbery of a Northumberland fish and chip shop.

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