‘I’m not fussed about not killing him...he’s a bit of a mess’ WHAT KILLER SAID AFTER BLAST­ING HERO COP­PER

MOAT IN­QUEST

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON DEAN

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.

Cornered

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”.

Anger

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)

shot him

LOST: Moat “had noth­ing to come out to” after girl­friend Sam left him

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