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Right wing activist Mair had a bag of bullets on the day of Jo Cox’s murder

Jo Cox

The man accused of murdering Labour MP, Jo Cox, was found to have a bag of bullets and an EU referendum leaflet immediately after he allegedly killed Labour MP Jo Cox, the court heard today.

Cox, a mother-of-two, was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on 16 June, a week before the EU referendum vote.

On the second day of the trial, at the Old Bailey, the prosecution presented its first live witnesses including the arresting officers.

PC Craig Nicholls told the jury that he and his colleague, PC Jonathan Wright, tracked down Mair a mile away from the attack and found him wearing a black cap and carrying a bag.

After dropping his bag, Mair allegedly told them “it’s me” before being arrested.

Nicholls told the court, “I said to PC Wright ‘Is that him?’”

We drove past him initially, I spun the police vehicle around and at that point, the male had disappeared.

After following Mair through part of a cul-de-sac, Wright leant out of the window to ask Mair to drop his bag and put his hands up.

“I knew a firearm had been discharged and somebody had been stabbed,” added Nicholls.

“We both ran towards the male – as we started running towards him he’s gone to put his hands down the front of his shirt.”

Nicholls added that after being arrested, Mair kept silent and was only said that he was a political activist.

He then allegedly admitted to having a knife and a gun in his possession. He also dropped a plastic bag of bullets on the ground when he emptied his pockets.

The jurors were showed photos today of the contents of the bag which confirmed Nicholls’s statement.

Whilst Simon Russell-Flint, QC, defending, refuted the claim made by Nicholls that Mair said “it’s me” and that he was a political activist.

Russell-Flint argued that Mair had said nothing at all.

The court also heard from one of Mair’s neighbour, David Thomas. He said the man he knew as “Tommy” had lived there for well over 20 years, with a younger brother and his grandmother.

He said that Mair would do her shopping, while taking care of her. On the 16 June, he saw the defendant leave his house wearing a baseball cap, a dark green jacket, dark trousers and shoes and carrying a canvas shopping bag.

On Monday, the court heard Cox was set upon outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, in front of her staff and shocked passers-by.

Throughout the killing, the defendant was heard to rant “Britain first”, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC has told jurors.

The trial continues…

 

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