UK: Inquest into death of gunman Raoul Moat hears chilling row tape

UK: A chilling tape of the row which ultimately prompted Raoul Moat to go on his “murderous” rampage was played to an inquest jury today.

In the recording, Moat could be heard reacting furiously to his girlfriend Samantha Stobbart telling him their relationship was over.

Moat, who went on to shoot Miss Stobbart and murder her new boyfriend, complains that “everybody is getting on my case” and that he is getting “picked on”.

The call, made while Moat was in Durham Prison, then ends abruptly.

The tape was made on June 10, 2010.

The jury listened as Moat asks her “what’s wrong?”

“It’s over”, she replies.

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“Over what?”, he asks her.

“I’ve had enough,” she replies.

“Of what?”, Moat asks.

“Everything,” she replied.

Moat adds: “We had one argument the other day. Let’s not get all silly about it.”

He complains that “everybody is getting on my case” and that he is getting “picked on.”

The conversation ends with the phone been abruptly slammed down.

Moat was serving an 18 week prison sentence for assault when the calls were made.

Superintendent Jim Napier, outlining the investigation into Moat at the start of the inquest into his death, said: “It is clear from the evidence that Moat’s break-up with Samantha Stobbart was the catalyst for his murderous acts.”

Moat, 37, died during a six-hour stand-off with police marksmen after a rampage of violence which left one man dead and two people maimed.

The former bouncer shot himself in the head and was fired at twice during the stand-off by officers armed with new XREP shotgun Tasers.

The jury will decide whether the Taser rounds fired from experimental weapons may have caused the former nightclub doorman’s death during the tense stand-off in Rothbury, Northumberland in July last year.

The jury panel of 11 sworn in at Newcastle Crown Court today were told by Coroner David Mitford that an inquest was needed because “Mr Moat met his death when he was effectively detained”.