No possibility of release for killer of UK politician Jo Cox

UNITED FRONT: Members of Jo Cox’s family, including husband Brendan Cox, left, and parents Jean and Gordon Leadbeater, listen to Jo’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, address the media outside the Old Bailey. Picture: EPA
UNITED FRONT: Members of Jo Cox’s family, including husband Brendan Cox, left, and parents Jean and Gordon Leadbeater, listen
to Jo’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, address the media outside the Old Bailey. Picture: EPA

A far-right extremist was sentenced yesterday to life imprisonment without the possibility of release for murdering British MP Jo Cox a week before the European Union referendum in a politically motivated attack.

“Because she was a member of parliament, your crime has an additional dimension that calls for particular punishment,” Judge Alan Wilkie told Thomas Mair, 53,as he issued the rare “whole life term ” punishment.

“There is no doubt it was done to further a political motive.”

The jury at London’s central criminal court convicted Mair of shooting and stabbing the mother of two as she arrived at a library in Birstall, northern England, to meet her constituents on June 16.

Mair showed no emotion as the sentence was read out.

The court earlier heard that Mair had shouted “Britain first” as he fired three shots at the lawmaker and stabbed her 15 times.

Following the verdict, Cox’s husband, Brendan, called the murder a political act and an act of terrorism.

Investigators found an extensive collection of books on German military history, the Holocaust and Nazi race theory, and a bust of the eagle of Germany’s Third Reich when they searched Mair’s Birstall home.

The court heard that Mair had asked the question “Is a .22 round deadly enough to kill with one shot to a human head?” during one internet search.

Mair denied Cox’s murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence, and possession of an offensive weapon, but was found guilty on all counts.
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