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Horrifying testimony

Slain MP Jo Cox’s final words revealed at murder trial

By WITW Staff on November 17, 2016

After already having been shot and repeatedly stabbed, British MP Jo Cox told her colleagues to stay away, saying, “Let him hurt me, not you,” before being shot twice more in the head at point-blank range, according to chilling testimony provided by Cox’s colleagues at the trial of her alleged killer, Thomas Mair.

Fazila Aswat, Cox’s assistant, and Sandra Major, a senior caseworker, told the court that Mair stabbed Cox as she was walking towards the Birstall Library, where she was scheduled to meet with constituents.

“The next thing I saw was Jo was on the floor and there was a man standing over her with a knife and that was when I knew something was completely wrong,” said Aswat. “Then there was a gun and a knife … He had a gun in his hand and he raised his arm and shot Jo in the head. She fell backwards onto the ground and there was blood pouring down her face. He did shout something, it was something along the lines of ‘keep Britain independent.'”

Aswat alleged that Mair then repeatedly stabbed Cox while the MP warned her and Major to stay away. A 78-year-old pensioner who was allegedly stabbed by Mair while attempting to stop the attack also shared testimony.

The police officers who apprehended Mair said that they found him carrying a holdall bag with a gun and a bag of bullets — along with a knife in his pocket. After apprehending him, they said, he held up his hands and said, “It’s me.”

Mair, a 53-year-old unemployed gardener, is suspected to have been politically motivated in his alleged murder of Cox. Prosecutors also provided evidence that Mair researched ‘matricide,’ white supremacist literature, and “assassinations and assassins” at the same library Cox was scheduled to visit. Cox died in the hospital on June 16, a week before Britain’s referendum on whether to leave the EU.

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.


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