Who is Raoul Moat's ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and what happened to her?

RAOUL Moat shocked the nation when he embarked on a horrific shooting spree, murdering an innocent man and severely injuring two others.

The killer's ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart was left hospitalised by the brutal attack in July 2010 – here's what we know about her.

37-year-old Moat shot ex-girlfriend Samantha, then 22, and killed her lover, Chris Brown in a brutal attack in Birtley, Gateshead on July 3.

He had just been released from Durham Prison two days prior to the attack, following an 18-week sentence for assault.

The day after the initial shooting, the gunman shot and blinded PC David Rathband, 44, as he sat in his patrol car in Newcastle.

It prompted a week long man hunt, before Moat blasted himself in the head after a six-hour stand-off with armed police in Rothbury, Northumberland, at 1.12am on July 10, 2010.

A brand new documentary focusing on the events named 'Manhunt' is set to air on ITV on the evening of July 9.

Who is Raoul Moat's ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart?

Samantha Stobbart had been in a six-year relationship with Moat prior to the attack.

The couple had a four-year-old daughter together, though trainee hairdresser Stobbart had started dating karate instructor Chris Brown while Moat was still in prison.

In an interview with the Daily Star in 2011, Samantha's sister Claire Burdis said the pair had met when they were just sixteen and were set up by school friends.

Ms Burdis claimed that Samantha had told Raoul while he was in prison that she was dating a policeman as she was "terrified of Raoul" and wanted him to leave her alone – but this prompted Moat to want "vengeance".

Brown had moved to the area from Windsor, Berkshire six months before the attack.

A court heard in 2011 that Moat had become obsessed with the fact that Ms Stobbart was seeing a new man after their relationship.

Raoul also held a long grudge against cops, who he claimed had ruined his business.

What happened to her?

Former bouncer Raoul Moat shot at Samantha through the window of her friend's house, moments after killing boyfriend Chris.

She was rushed to Queen Elizabeth hospital in Gateshead shortly after, where she was left fighting for life.

On July 5, Samantha was declared to no longer be in a critical condition following the attack, and left hospital on July 17.

That same day she issued a direct appeal to Moat, and said: "Please give yourself up. If you still loved me and our baby you would not be doing this."

She told Newcastle Crown Court in 2011 that Moat had a "Jekyll and Hyde split personality", and was prone towards violent behaviour.

What has she said about the shooting?

Samantha told the News of The World in 2010 of the terrifying moment that Raoul appeared at the window and started to shoot.

She said: "There was nothing I could do against a madman with a gun. I had to get back to the house to make sure my baby daughter Chanel was safe.

"I saw the sparks flying off Raoul's gun as he shot me.

"Then I was on the floor with blood pumping out everywhere."

Samantha added that "there was no emotion" in Moat's eyes as he carried out the attack.


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