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'Terrorism protocol' for Jo Cox murder accused Thomas Mair

By Emily Pennink

Published 21/06/2016

Video link: a court sketch of Mair
Video link: a court sketch of Mair

The man accused of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox was brought before a judge at the Old Bailey under the 'terrorism protocol'.

Thomas Mair (52), is accused of shooting and stabbing Mrs Cox (41), outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, last Thursday.

He is charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

Mair, from Birstall, made his first crown court appearance before Mr Justice Sweeney via video link from top security Belmarsh prison.

During the brief hearing, he spoke only to confirm his name - unlike his first appearance at magistrates' court when he declared: "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain."

There was no application for bail and he was remanded in custody.

He will appear at the same court for a preliminary hearing before Mr Justice Saunders at 10am on Thursday.

Cases under the terrorism protocol are managed by senior judges, usually at the Old Bailey.

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