Former Raoul Moat girlfriend describes shooting

The former girlfriend of Raoul Moat told yesterday of 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, shot her through the window of a friend's home in Gateshead.

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.

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Ms Stobbart wept as she told a jury at Newcastle Crown Court how Moat "just appeared" and started shooting on 3 July 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, she described fearing what Moat would do.

Miss Stobbart leaned with her elbows on the witness box and held her head in her hands as she gave evidence.

Sometimes whispering, she described how she had feared Moat would attempt to confront Mr Brown to fight him.

She said the killer had a "Jekyll and Hyde split personality" and could be violent and unpredictable.

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.

She described walking to the edge of a grassed area between the houses when Moat began shooting.

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She said: "I just seen (sic] Raoul jump up. I think he came from the window. He just appeared."

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."

When Mr Smith asked: "Did it happen quickly?" she nodded silently.

She said: "Chris walked in front of me." Moat then raised the sawn-off double-barrelled shotgun and shot Mr Brown in the chest.

She 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."

In the house, her friends had taken cover in the kitchen and bathroom and her mother was upstairs with Miss Stobbart's daughter.

Miss Stobbart said: "I could not see anybody. 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.

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"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."Moat had shot her through the glass of a downstairs window.

The shotgun round pierced her arm then hit her liver, stomach and pancreas, causing life-threatening injuries.

She said: "I did not fall to the ground straight away. It took about 20 seconds then I just collapsed.

"Blood was pumping from my arm and pumping from my chest.

"I was dragged through to the kitchen and then I was waiting for ever for the ambulance to come."

Surgeons at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead battled for eight hours to save Miss Stobbart's life.

In the public gallery, Mr Brown's mother shook her head as she heard Miss Stobbart's evidence.

Miss Stobbart was giving evidence at the trial of two men alleged to have been the willing accomplices of Moat during his rampage.

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Karl Ness 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.

Ness, who worked with Moat in his tree-felling and vehicle recovery businesses, is said to have been with Moat on the night he gunned down Mr Brown and Miss Stobbart in Birtley, while Awan is alleged to have helped the pair afterwards and driven Moat to the junction of the A1 and A69, where he shot the officer.

Ness, 26, from Dudley, North Tyneside, denies murdering Mr Brown.

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