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SATURDAY 19.11.2016 MP Jo shielded face as she was shot in the head; 'Hunting bullets' used in Cox murder.

Byline: TOM PETTIFOR Chief Crime Correspondent

JO Cox put her hands up to shield her face as her killer shot her with hunting bullets, a court heard yesterday.

The Labour MP, who was also stabbed in the back, tried to crawl away as he fired dumdum bullets at her head at close range.

On his arrest, accused Thomas Mair allegedly had 12 hollow-point bullets, designed to expand on impact.

Firearms expert Andre Horne told the court: "The idea is to cause a greater wound size when hunting."

A gun and a dagger allegedly used in the attack had the 41-year-old MP's blood on them, the Old Bailey heard.

The court saw photos of bloody fingermarks on a nearby car that matched her DNA.

Pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd said gunshot injuries to her hands suggested she had covered her face during the attack. DNA expert Hilary Parkinson said holes in Jo's tights suggested she tried to crawl away.

Far-right extremist Mair, 53, is accused of murdering the pro-EU Batley and Spen MP at her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorks. The jury has heard he shouted "Britain first" during the killing on June 16, a week before the EU referendum.

He denies murder, GBH with intent on a passer-by and possession of a firearm and dagger.

The trial continues.

tom.pettifor@mirror.co.uk

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