Jo Cox #Brexit PsyOp: Thomas Mair’s “Trial”

Live updates: Jo Cox murder trial

The personal assistants of MP Jo Cox has described the moment an alleged extremist launched his gun and knife attack shouting “Britain First”.

Gardener Thomas Mair, 53, is accused of murdering the 41-year-old outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, on June 16.

Mair is also charged with causing grievous bodily harm to 77-year-old Bernard Carter-Kenny who risked his life trying to save Mrs Cox.

The jury heard how the MP tried to protect her staff as she lay dying on the ground, telling them: “Get away, get away you two. Let him hurt me. Don’t let them hurt you.”

The trial continues.


Court shown CCTV of Jo Cox accused on day of killing

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Jurors have been shown CCTV footage of the man accused of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox on the day she was shot and stabbed to death in a street attack.

The grainy footage shows a silver Vauxhall Astra which Mrs Cox was in driving up Market Street in Birstall, West Yorkshire shortly before the attack on June 16.

The same camera also spotted the accused, Thomas Mair, on the street around the time of the attack.

Footage showing Mair, 53, walking along Lowood Lane, where he lived, on the morning of the attack was also shown at the Old Bailey.

Court hears details of Jo Cox’s final moments

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The grim details of the final moments of the Labour MP Jo Cox have been heard at the murder trial of the mother-of-two.

Mrs Cox’s family wept as colleagues who were with her described how she was shot and stabbed to death in the street.

One told jurors that the MP for Batley and Spen told her assistants “let him hurt me not you”, as she lay dying.

Earlier a police officer said the accused man, Thomas Mair, held out his hands when he was arrested, and said “it’s me”.


Jo Cox murder accused was ‘going berserk with a knife’

jo coxJo Cox was shot and stabbed to death in June.

The man accused of murdering MP Jox Cox was “going berserk with a knife”, a court has heard.

Bernard Carter-Kenny, 77, was waiting for his wife outside the Birstall library in West Yorkshire when he tried to launch himself at the knifeman in an attempt to save Mrs Cox.

In a statement read to the court, he said: “I ran across. He had his back to me. I thought if I could jump on to the back I could take him down.

“I saw he had a knife in his hands. Just as I got short of him he turned around and saw me. He shoved the knife in and it hit me in the stomach.

“I staggered right back across the road. I didn’t turn my back on him in case he came after me. I just flopped on to the steps of the sandwich shop.”

He added: “I could still see what was going on. This man was going berserk with a knife.”

The statement was taken from Mr Carter-Kenny as he was recovering at Leeds General Infirmary.

Thomas Mair, 53, denies Mrs Cox’s murder.


Jo Cox ‘tried to protect staff as she lay dying in street’

CoxJo Cox was shot and stabbed to death in her West Yorkshire constituency.

The MP Jo Cox told her assistants to “let him hurt me” as she tried to protect her staff while she lay dying in the street after she was shot and stabbed, a court has heard.

Speaking at her murder trial, Ms Major told jurors: “He was making motions towards us with the knife and Jo was lying in the road and she shouted out ‘get away, get away you two. Let him hurt me. Don’t let them hurt you’.

“He started to walk away a little bit and when Jo shouted out then he came back. He shot her twice more and then started stabbing her again. She was on the floor. She didn’t get up again. He was still shouting and shouting.”

Thomas Mair, 53, denies murder.


Jo Cox accused ‘raised arm and shot her in the head’

mairCourt artist sketch of Thomas Mair (centre), who is accused of murdering Jo Cox.

The man accused of murdering MP Jo Cox “raised his arm” and “shot her in the head”, a court has heard.

Sandra Major, Mrs Cox’s senior caseworker, assistant to Mrs Cox, told the Old Bailey she witnessed blood “pouring down her face” after the shooting in Birstall, West Yorkshire in June.

Mrs Major also told the court that the attacker repeatedly stabbed the MP for Batley and Spen as she lay on the ground, before she “rolled into the road”.

She said: “He had a gun in his hand. He raised his arm and shot her in the head. It was in the area of her temple.

“She fell backwards into the ground and there was blood pouring down her face.”

Asked by prosecutor Richard Whittam QC whether the attacker had said anything, she added: “It was something along the lines of ‘keep Britain independent’ or ‘British independence’.

Thomas Mair, 53, denies murder.


Jo Cox’s assistant recalls the moment she was killed
Jo coxJo Cox was shot and stabbed outside her constituency surgery in June.

The former assistant to Jo Cox has recalled the moment the MP was shot and stabbed to death in her West Yorkshire constituency.

Giving evidence at her murder trial, Fazila Aswat said she had tried to encourage Mrs Cox to think of her two children as she lay injured in her arms.

Describing the moment she pulled up in a silver Vauxhall Astra with Mrs Cox and another colleague outside the library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, she said: “I got out of the car. I was still on the roadside. Jo walked over to the side of the pavement and my colleague walked a few steps closer up. In that instant our lives changed forever.

“The next thing I saw was Jo on the floor and there is a man stood over her with a knife and I think that’s when I knew it was completely wrong. At that time – panic. I started to shout ‘somebody help, help’.

“There was a gun, there was a knife and she was on the floor. I can remember the movement, it was really fast so I can’t say which part of the body was targeted.”

Mrs Aswat said that she had told the MP to run away between attacks but Mrs Cox replied: “Fazila, I can’t run, I’m hurt.”

Thomas Mair, 53, denies her murder.

Jo Cox murder trial halted by prison officers’ action

The trial of a man accused of murdering the MP Jo Cox in the days leading up the EU referendum by has been halted by action being carried out by prison officers.

Judge Mr Justice Wilkie said the officers’ nationwide action means that defendant Thomas Mair, 53, cannot be brought to court from the prison where he is currently residing.

It meant the Old Bailey trial would have to be adjourned for the day, the judge told members of the jury.

Gardner Mr Mair denies Mrs Cox’s murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon – a dagger.

His trial is set to resume at 10.30am tomorrow.

3:37 am, Tue 15 Nov 2016

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