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Jo Cox murder accused Thomas Mair found guilty of killing MP

Published 23/11/2016

Thomas Mair denies murdering Jo Cox
Thomas Mair denies murdering Jo Cox
MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed

Thomas Mair has been found guilty of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox a week before the EU referendum.

Thomas Mair, 53, was accused of shooting and stabbing the 41-year-old Batley and Spen MP.

Mrs Cox, a Remain campaigner and mother of two, was set upon outside her surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, in front of shocked constituents on the afternoon of June 16.

Neo Nazi Mair shouted "Britain first" during the attack and stabbed 78-year-old Bernard Kenny, who tried to intervene.

He was arrested later the same day one mile from the scene and a sawn-off rifle and a dagger were recovered by police.

Mair denied Mrs Cox's murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon - a dagger.

He also pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Kenny.

Mrs Cox's parents, Gordon and Jean Leadbeater, her sister, Kim Leadbeater, and husband, Brendan Cox, were all in court as the judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, finished summing up the case on Wednesday morning.

After giving the jurors his final directions, he thanked them for their patience before they retired to consider their verdicts at 10.51am.

Just after noon they returned to find the defendant guilty.

Mair was ordered to serve a whole life prison sentence.

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