‘I’m not fussed about not killing him...he’s a bit of a mess’ WHAT KILLER SAID AFTER BLASTING HERO COPPER
RAMPAGE killer Raoul Moat callously described leaving Pc David Rathband in “a bit of a mess” after blasting him in the face with a shotgun.
In a recording the nut said: “I’m not too fussed about not killing him.
“I was going to go along and finish him. He got two shots, that’s enough.
“And at the end of the day he’s looking a bit of a mess.”
Moat acknowledged that the Pc was not one of the officers he accused of “pushing” him.
In the tape, played at his inquest in Newcastle, he claimed: “The officers know who they are. Some of them have gone into hiding.”
Moat said he would “take the shoot-out” rather than go back to jail, the inquest heard yesterday.
The gunman was on the run following the shootings of karate instructor Chris Brown, his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and Pc Rathband when he made the vow.
It was part of a message recorded by the gunman on a dictating machine three or four days before he was cornered by armed officers in Rothbury, Northumberland.
In the message, the 37-yearold said he had lost the only two people who mattered to him — his grandmother and Miss Stobbart. He said if he returned to jail he would have “nothing to come out to” and that a shoot-out would mean “everybody’s happy”.
The message was read out by Superintendent Jim Napier, the Northumbria Police officer in charge of the criminal investigation into Moat’s rampage.
He said the recordings revealed Moat considered himself to have lost the only two adults he cared about.
In it, Moat said: “If I went to jail now, I could hack it because I have lost everything and I have nothing to come out to.
“But it’s not really what I want. It would be a waste of a life and a waste of the taxpayer’s money.
“Just take the shoot-out and everybody’s happy.”
Supt Napier said he took the message as an indication that Moat was contemplating provoking a shoot-out with police.
He said this knowledge informed the police reaction to the gunman when he was cornered.
In the messages Moat said he could easily shoot himself, but “I want to kill as many police officers as I can”. He distanced himself from Derrick Bird, who had killed 13 people at random in Cumbria just weeks before, saying Bird had “gone round shooting old ladies in bobble hats”.
Yet Moat threatened to kill members of the public if he read any more “lies” in the media about him.
Mr Napier said: “This was the first time he had turned his anger towards innocent members of the public.”
That accounted for the large number of armed police from around the country who joined the hunt for the fugitive, the officer said.
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 dead man and how he acted, the jury was told.
HORRIFIC: Pc Rathband
( right) looked “a mess” after Moat ( left)
LOST: Moat “had nothing to come out to” after girlfriend Sam left him