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Raoul Moat: Prisoner 'Warned He Would Kill'
An inquest into the death of a karate instructor who was shot dead by gunman Raoul Moat has heard that prison officers were warned he would kill on the day he was released from jail.
Chris Brown, 29, was targeted after starting a relationship with Moat's ex-girlfriend, Samantha Stobbart, just two days after the spurned lover was released from jail in July 2010. Ms Stobbart was badly injured by shotgun pellets but survived.
Moat went on the run and the next night shot and blinded PC David Rathband, who was unarmed and sitting in his marked police car.
The inquest at Newcastle Crown Court heard evidence from a witness who was a prisoner in HMP Durham.
The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons and was referred to as N1, said after Moat had been released that he told a prison officer he would end up killing someone.
"It was sort of an off-the-cuff comment, but I believe I said 'He's a lunatic and will end up killing someone'," he said.
He also told the court that Moat was unbalanced and would get angry when talking about Ms Stobbart and the police.
"He indicated that he was going to take some sort of revenge against her and her partner," he said.
The court heard that Moat had made it clear that he would never return to prison whatever happened and that he had also boasted about having access to a shotgun and explosives.
At the start of proceedings a statement was read out by Mr Brown's mother, Sally, which said that, since his death, it had been hell for the family.
The court was told that Moat had indicated he intended to commit "suicide by cop", which meant he would put himself in a position where he was shot by the police.
Evidence was also given that in prison he had described very precisely the outside of Ms Stobbart's house and said a large green verge would make spying on her difficult.
Witness N1 said Moat had told him that he would "shoot to kill" five people, who were Ms Stobbart, her mother, her new partner, a psychiatrist and a social worker.
Following a huge hunt for Moat, involving a Tornado fighter jet and scores of armed police officers, the 17-stone steroid addict shot himself during a stand-off with police in Rothbury, Northumberland.
An inquest for Mr Rathband, who was found hanged at his home last year, will be heard next month.