Man jailed for ‘terrorist’ murder of MP Jo Cox

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Thomas Mair has been sentenced to life in prison after being guilty of the murder of Jo Cox.

Mair shouted “Britain First” as he shot and stabbed the Labour MP after she met with constituents at the library in Birstall, West Yorkshire on 16 June, a week before the EU referendum.

The jury at the Old Bailey took just 96 minutes to find the 53-year-old guilty of murder as well as having a firearm with intent, and having an offensive weapon – a dagger. He was also found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to 78-year-old Bernard Kenny, who tried to help the MP when she was attacked.

After the guilty verdict, Mair asked to address the court but he request was denied by the judge, who said he had already had an opportunity.

In sentencing, Judge Mr Justice Wilkie said Mair was motivated by hate and Nazism and his crimes were “nothing less than acts of terrorism”.

Meanwhile, Cox was praised for her generosity of spirit and for being a “wonderful mother, daughter, sister, partner, and companion”.

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