Moat victim unlawfully killed

A coroner has ruled that Chris Brown was unlawfully killed by Raoul Moat.

Full report: Moat victim unlawfully killed

An inquest into the death of Chis Brown, who was shot by Raoul Moat, has delivered a verdict of unlawful killing.

Coroner Terence Carney said that despite the police and the prison service being made aware of Raoul Moat's possible intentions to cause harm, the exact threat he posed was not known.

Our Correspondent Gregg Easteal has been following the inquest and he joined us live from Birtley, where the tragedy unfolded in 2010.

Report: Chris Brown unlawfully killed

An inquest into the death of Chis Brown who was shot by Raoul Moat, has delivered a verdict of unlawful killing. At the time of his death Chris Brown was in a relationship with Samantha Stobbart, Raoul Moat's former girlfriend.

Coroner Terence Carney said despite the police and the prison service being made aware of Moat's possible intentions to harm, the exact threat he posed was not known. Greg Easteal was at the inquest and sent this report.

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Chris Brown's mother: "It has been hell"

A statement was issued on behalf of Sally Brown today, after a coroner ruled that her son Chris Brown was unlawfully killed by Raoul Moat.

I want to thank Senior Coroner Mr Carney for allowing me to examine the events leading up to Christopher's death, and my legal team for helping me do so.

As I said in my statement to the Coroner, Christopher's death has been horrendous for the whole of our family, it has been hell.

I hope that no one else in the future should have to go through what we have gone through.

I have listened to the evidence heard in this inquest and Mr Carney's finding very carefully. I now want to take some time to consider his written finding and grieve with my family."

– Sally Brown

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Prison officer gives evidence

Our reporter Julia Barthram is at Newcastle Crown Court for the inquest into the death of Chris Brown, who was shot by Raoul Moat.

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Prison Officer Phillips giving evidence. On day of Moat's release inmate told him Moat was going to assault his partner ...

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...regardless of the outcome he would not be returning to prison. This was immediately reported on a form and handed to senior officer.

Full Report: Chris Brown inquest day one

The inquest has begun into the death of Chris Brown who was killed by Raoul Moat. His shooting in July 2010 sparked a week long manhunt as Moat went on the run also shooting his ex girlfriend and police officer, David Rathband.

The inquest follows a campaign by Chris Brown's mother to have his death investigated further to discover whether it could have been prevented. Julia Barthram was in court.

Chris Brown inquest: latest

Chris Brown

An inquest into the death of karate instructor Chris Brown, who was killed by gunman Raoul Moat, has head prison officers were warned of his murderous intentions on the day of his release.

Mr Brown was killed in July 2010 after starting a relationship with Moat's ex-girlfriend, Samantha Stobbart.

She was also badly injured with 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 market police car.

The inquest, which is taking place at Newcastle Crown Court, heard from a witness who was a prisoner in HMP Durham.

The witness, only referred to as N1, said he told a police officer Moat would end up killing someone.

He told the court: "It was a sort of off-the-cuff comment, but I believe I said ' he's a lunatic and will end up killing someone.'"

The court heard 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.

At the start of proceedings a statement from Mr Brown's mother Sally was read out in court saying that, since her son's death, it had been hell for the family.

She said: "His friends said he was like Marmite - either you loved him or you hated him.

"But if you loved him you had a friend for life. He was very loyal, happy-go-lucky and never sat still.

"As soon as he tried karate he said he loved it and was good at it. He enjoyed teaching it and especially teaching children."

She said in the days leading up to his death he had been in good spirits and they had spoken regularly on the phone.

"It has been horrendous for the whole family. I cannot think of anything worse that burying your own child," she said.

"I can only think of one word to describe it - hell."

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