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Thomas Mair was armed with British-made hollow-point rifle bullets more commonly used to kill vermin when he murdered MP Jo Cox . . .
. . . modified .22 calibre Weihrauch rifle found in the holdall. The bolt-action gun had had its shoulder stock and all but 4cm of its barrel removed, Mr Horne said. This, jurors heard, would have made the now 29cm (12-inch) weapon fireable with one hand, but decreased the penetrating power of the resulting shot - perhaps accounting for why the two shots to Mrs Cox's head failed to penetrate her skull.
Today the court heard Mair may have calmly eaten a Cadbury's Flake (left) before carrying out the murder Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk... Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
His choice of gun and how to use it shows he isn't mentally competent
Today the court heard Mair may have calmly eaten a Cadbury's Flake (left) before carrying out the murder
This trial would have made judges of old turn in their graves. What, no defence? Not a word from the accused, not even as to whether he was guilty or not? No sign of any dead body? Was it hacked to death and no drop of blood to be seen? I heard the jury being told that they could not be shown photos of the actual corpse, because it might upset them, and instead would only be shown computer-generated images. ‘Habeus corpus,’ a most basic concept of British justice, translates as, ‘have you got the body?’ That is necessary for a murder trial to proceed. In this case we have seen no pictures of Jo cox’s dead body, nor any credible-looking death certificate from a coroner or receipt from Leeds General Infirmary of receipt of the body, somewhere around 1.40 on 16.6.16. There is no body, there is no blood. Trial and verdict via media had totally prejudged the case before the court even opened.
On Saturday, it was revealed that Brendan Cox, director of policy and advocacy, has resigned from Save the Children following complaints by female staff members of inappropriate behaviour.