A white rights terrorist was found guilty of the murder of British MP Jo Cox on Wednesday (23 November), who was assassinated in the run-up to the Brexit referendum in June.
Cox, a former Brussels-based officer with Oxfam before becoming a Labour MP, was stabbed 15 times and shot three times by Thomas Mair, one of her constituents, who shouted “Britain First!” during the attack, and had Nazi racist literature at his home.
He was described by the Crown Prosecution Service as a terrorist after the trial, and given a life sentence by the judge at the Old Bailey in London.
Cox, 41, was a mother of two young children. She had been an MP for Batley & Spen, her home constituency in the north of England, for just one year, and had been campaigning for the UK to stay in the EU.
The trial heard that her killer had looked up her ‘Remain’ article online, as well as her biography, as well as white supremacist race-hate sites, and details on how to fire and kill with the type of gun he used in the killing.
Mair, an unemployed gardener who lived nearby, had entered no plea, and at an earlier hearing gave his ‘name’ as “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain.”
His defence did not put forward a history of mental illness or diminished responsibility.
Mair was also found guilty of grievous bodily harm against a passerby in his 70s who tried to intervene. The jury took just 90 minutes to find him guilty
Much of the attack, and it’s aftermath, was captured on CCTV.
Cox’s final words, to her office staff, were “get away, let him hurt me, don’t let him hurt you!” the court heard.
Cox was assassinated on 16 June, a week before the 23 June referendum, and the day after a high-profile media event backing the Remain camp on the River Thames in London, where she lived on a houseboat with her husband and children.
The Leave campaign, led by UKIP’s Nigel Farage had the same day unveiled a highly-controversial poster, with a photograph of thousands of refugees under the slogan “Breaking Point – the EU has failed us all.”
Farage later boasted that the referendum had been won “without a single bullet being fired.”
There was a 41% increase in racist incidents and attacks in the month following the 52%-48% vote to leave the EU, according to police.