Jo Cox killed with sawn-off rifle and WWII commando dagger, court hears

Jo Cox was covering her face with her hands when she was shot, court hears

Tributes were paid to the MP

Friday, November 18, 2016

MP Jo Cox was murdered with a sawn-off rifle and a Second World War-era commando dagger, a court has heard.

The trial of her alleged killer, Thomas Mair, also heard that Cox was covering her face with her hands when she was shot in the head.

The MP was murdered in Birstall, West Yorkshire on her way to a constituency surgery in June.

Pathologist Doctor Richard Shepherd gave details of 15 stab wounds and three gunshot injuries, allegedly inflicted by right-wing extremist Mair.

Mair denies murdering Cox and denies grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Senior caseworker Sandra Major said when giving evidence that Cox told her and office manager Fazila Aswat to "let him hurt me, don't let him hurt you."

During the attack Aswat also told Cox to run away from the attacker but she wasn't able to. After the attack she held Cox and spoke to her about her children, the court heard.

One witness claimed the attacker grabbed the MP's hair before stabbing and shooting her, and the Old Bailey also heard a 999 call from a witness, who said: "There's hell on, it's chaos."

Another witness said after the attack Mair walked away like he "didn't have a care in the world."