This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The lone attacker who shot down Labour MP for Birstall Jo Cox, Thomas Mair, has been jailed for the rest of his life today. According to the Labour MP’s husband, this was not just a murder incident but an act of terrorism. The proceedings at Old Bailey jury did not last more than 90 minutes as the murderer, who shouted “Britain first” at the time of murder, was convicted.
The 41-year-old mother-of-two and Remain campaigner, Jo Cox, had just arrived for a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, a week before the EU referendum when she was shot. Mair gave no evidence in his defence for shooting Cox thrice and stabbing her 15 times in her constituency. During the proceeding, Mair gave no reaction and looked straight ahead as he was convicted on all counts and then given a whole life term. Mair had requested to make a statement in court but trial judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, refused the request and replied that Mrs Cox was the “true patriot” and not him. It was stressed that Mair’s murderous attack on the MP was “brutal and ruthless.”
Responding to the court’s decision, Mrs Cox’s widower, Brendan, alleged that “we are not here to plead for retribution,” adding that “we feel nothing but pity for him that his life was so devoid of love and filled with hatred, his only way of finding meaning was to attack a woman who represented all that was good about the country in an act of supreme cowardice.” He stressed that Cox’s murder was a political act, and an act of terrorism, driven by hatred that has instead led to an “outpouring of love.”
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