Tuesday, 15 November 2016


Thomas Mair's murder trial hears Mrs Cox's assistant pleaded with her to think of her children in an attempt to keep her alive.


Thomas Mair and Jo Cox
Video:Cox death was 'politically motivated'
Desperate attempts were made to save the life of Jo Cox MP after she was shot and stabbed repeatedly, a court has heard.
At the start of Thomas Mair's murder trial, an Old Bailey jury was told how the politician's assistant Fazila Aswat pleaded with her to think of her children in an attempt to keep her alive.
The Labour MP had been stabbed a total of 15 times and the wounds penetrated her heart, lungs, stomach and liver, a post-mortem examination showed.
She had also been shot three times - once in the lower chest and twice in the head.
Jurors were shown pictures of a sawn-off rifle with its stock and most of its barrel removed, leaving it 30cm long.
Mrs Cox, who held the West Yorkshire seat of Batley and Spen, had gunshot wounds to her hands consistent with attempts to defend herself.

Shotgun
Image Caption:A sawn-off gun allegedly used by Mair to shoot Mrs Cox
During the attack outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds on 16 June, a 77-year-old local man risked his own life in an effort to save hers, jurors were told.
Bernard Carter-Kenny was stabbed once by Mair, who was one of Mrs Cox's constituents, with the same knife he used to stab her, it is alleged.
Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC claimed a number of witnesses had heard Mair repeatedly say "Britain First" as he killed Mrs Cox.
The court was told the mother-of-two had supported the Remain campaign leading up to the 23 June EU referendum and he carried out his "pre-meditated murder" for an ideological cause.
Paramedics arrived within minutes of the attack and she was given an emergency thoracotomy (a surgical incision into the chest wall) as she lay in the street, the Old Bailey was told.

Knife
Image Caption:A knife was also allegedly used by Mair
Mair said "it's me" when he was arrested by two police officers less than a mile from the scene of Mrs Cox's murder, it is claimed, and he allegedly told one of them: "I am a political activist."
Items found at Mair's home in Birstall showed he had "strong political and ideological interests", Mr Whittam said.
The gardener denies the four charges against him - murder, possession of a firearm with intent, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and carrying an offensive weapon.
The trial continues.