OF­FI­CIAL: MOATY TOPPED HIM­SELF

Sui­cide ver­dict on killer mad­man

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THE jury at the in­quest of cor­nered killer Raoul Moat — who blasted him­self in the head with a sawn-off shot­gun — has re­turned a unan­i­mous ver­dict of sui­cide.

Po­lice fired shot­gun Tasers as he pre­pared to kill him­self in Roth­bury, Northum­ber­land, in July last year, but the rounds had no ef­fect on him, the three-week in­quest heard.

The court was told that the aim was to in­ca­pac­i­tate Moat so of­fi­cers could ar­rest him, but the like­li­hood was that there wasn’t enough to cause him to pull the trig­ger.

The 37-year-old ex-door­man was sur­rounded by po­lice marks­men and ne­go­tia­tors tried for six hours to get him to sur­ren­der, but he was de­ter­mined not to go back to prison, the in­quest at New­cas­tle Crown Court heard.

Moat was on the run af­ter shoot­ing his ex-girl­friend Sam Sto­b­bart, ex­e­cut­ing her new boyfriend Chris Brown, and then blind­ing Pc David Rath­band af­ter he de­clared war on po­lice.

Of­fi­cers were of­fered and ac­cepted X12 Taser shot­guns which were only li­censed for test­ing in the UK. It was the first time firearms of­fi­cers had seen the weapons.

Un­sur­viv­able

The shot­guns were used be­cause they fired car­tridges over a longer range than con­ven­tional hand­held Tasers.

Two were fired — one round hit his fore­arm, the other missed — and mo­ments later he dis­charged the shot­gun through his brain.

Re­mark­ably, he still had a pulse when he ar­rived at New­cas­tle Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal some 30 miles away, de­spite the un­sur­viv­able brain in­jury.

The Independent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion has cleared of­fi­cers in­volved in Moat’s death of any wrong­do­ing.

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