Date Set For Moat Victim Inquest

28 August 2013, 12:07

A date has been set for a full inquest into the death of Chris Brown who was killed by gunman Raoul Moat in Gateshead.

The 29 year old karate instructor was gunned down in cold blood after starting a relationship with Moat's ex-girlfriend, Samantha Stobbart, two days after the spurned lover was released from jail in July 2010.

Coroner Terence Carney will hold a two-week inquest into the circumstances of Mr Brown's murder in Birtley, Gateshead, with the hearing starting at Newcastle Crown Court on December 2nd.

Last month Mr Carney ruled that a full hearing was necessary to give Mr Brown's family the answers they required.

That was despite there already having been a lengthy trial of two of Moat's accomplices, Karl Ness and Qhuram Awan, an inquest into Moat's own death and an IPCC report into how police handled the case.

At the time Mr Carney said those hearings had not allowed relatives of Mr Brown, from Slough, Berkshire, to ask questions.

Moat, who killed himself in Rothbury, Northumberland, three years ago, went on the run after shooting Mr Brown and Ms Stobbart.

The following day he blasted unarmed Pc David Rathband in the face, leaving him blind. The officer was found hanged at his home in Blyth, Northumberland, in February 2012

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