Jurors to consider verdict on killer Raoul Moat

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A JURY at the inquest of Raoul Moat is due to begin considering its verdict after hearing three weeks of evidence.

The panel has been told one area it must consider is whether police should have used unauthorised Taser weapons on the night, the coroner has said.

The 37-year-old ex-doorman shot himself in the head in Rothbury, Northumberland, after being hit by a shotgun Taser round fired by marksmen who believed he was preparing to kill himself.

The inquest at Newcastle Crown Court has heard the aim was to incapacitate him, allowing officers to make an arrest.

Moat was on the run after shooting his ex-girlfriend Sam Stobbart, executing her new boyfriend Chris Brown and then blinding former Sunderland Pc David Rathband after declaring war on police.

Police were offered and accepted X12 Taser shotguns which were only licensed for testing in the UK. It was the first time firearms officers had seen the weapons.