Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bro's Fears over Moat Death Probe; Gunman's Relative Says Newspaper Claims Could Prejudice Inquest

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bro's Fears over Moat Death Probe; Gunman's Relative Says Newspaper Claims Could Prejudice Inquest

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THE grieving brother of Raoul Moat says investigations into the gunman's death could be prejudiced by leaked information.

Angus Moat fears the inquest and police watchdog probe into how his younger brother died will not be fair if so-called "sources" continue to reveal evidence that could form a crucial part of the probes.

Speaking to the Chronicle after a national newspaper reported a "senior source close to the investigation" revealed Moat was not injured by police Taser guns before he shot himself, the 40-year-old said he believed the leak was a deliberate attempt to affect the probe.

He said: "It's an exercise in subterfuge. I think its disgraceful anybody is presuming the outcome of an inquest that hasn't even been heard."

Raoul Moat sparked one of the country's biggest ever manhunts when he went on the run after shooting his ex Samantha Stobbart, and killing her new lover Chris Brown, in Birtley, Gateshead, last July.

But his life came to an end seven days later on a riverbank in Rothbury following a sixhour stand-off with armed police.

When Newcastle coroner David Mitford opened an inquest into the 37-year-old's death he confirmed the former bouncer died from a gunshot wound to his head.

However, it was also revealed that Moat was shot twice by officers from West Yorkshire Police, who were carrying the controversial X12 Taser shotguns, which are still being tested by the Home Office and have not yet been approved for use by police forces across the country.

The exact sequence of events of Moat's death will be determined at a full inquest, and are still the subject of an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

And Moat's family paid for their own second post mortem in a bid to find out exactly what happened, and whether the 50,000-volt blasts contributed to his death.

But a supposed source yesterday told a national newspaper that the Tasers did not injure Moat at all. …

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