Stolen gun of ex jockey used to kill Jo Cox

Jo Cox: MP was murdered in June last year

Stolen gun of ex jockey used to kill Jo Cox By Stuart Riley 12:53PM 8 JAN 2017

THE gun used by Thomas Mair to kill MP Jo Cox had been stolen from a former jockey.

Zack Gaughan, who had eight rides for Sue Smith between January 2011 and February 2014 but never rode a winner, had a licence for the .22 Weihrauch rimfire rifle.

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The gun was stolen from his car in August 2015, resulting in the loss of his gun licence and business, and The Sun reports the 24-year-old has been struggling to come to terms with his gun's role in Cox's murder since he learned of its involvement last June.

"I was devastated. The police rang me a day after Jo Cox was murdered and said they had found my rifle and asked me to describe it. They said it had been sawn-off."

Gaughan added: "I was beside myself. To see Jo Cox's kids will grow up without a mum is heartbreaking.

"When police rang they said the gun had been used in an incident but didn't say anything more," Gaughan told The Sun. "When I turned on the news I knew it was my gun. I felt guilty and responsible. To know my gun was used to kill someone makes me sick to the pit of my stomach."

Cox's killer Mair was given a whole-life sentence at the Old Bailey in November.

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