Jo Cox Murder Accused, Thomas Mair, Won't Give Evidence In Defence

Jo Cox Murder Accused, Thomas Mair, Won't Give Evidence In Defence

The 41 years old woman was stabbed 15 times after a meeting with her constituents in West Yorkshire on the 16 of June, days before the British referendum on European Union membership.

The man accused of murdering MP Jo Cox will not present any evidence in his defence, the trial has heard.

Mair, from Birstall, is charged with Cox's murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

There was also a printout of Mrs Cox, who was MP for Batley and Spen, from her website, jurors were told.

In a statement read out in court, he said she would talk about the joy of representing a diverse community.

She told jurors that he always kept his garden very tidy and spent a lot of time in it.

Jurors heard today Mair gave his name as "death to traitor, freedom for Britain" when he first appeared in court, but has since confirmed his real name.

He said the attack "brought out the best of the people who were with her" - the two members of staff and Birstall residents who came to her aid, including a taxi driver and a 77-year-old man who was wounded as he tried to intervene.

The mother of two was shot and repeatedly stabbed outside her constituency office.

Mr Whittam said: "Perhaps he underestimated Jo Cox's tenacity and courage".

Flint said Cox, had been brutally and callously murdered, adding that her death had had a huge impact on hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people.

Ms Aswat described cradling Mrs Cox's head in her lap as the MP urged her and another colleague to "get away - let him hurt me, not you".

Whittam said "the sheer brutality of her murder and the utter cowardice of her murderer bring the two extremities of humanity face to face".

"We submit to you that those points have no sufficient substance to cause any dent to the prosecution case".

A police search uncovered a double-page press cutting on Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik and a dossier on Cox and her political history.

"You have no denial". A bag of hollow-point rounds created to inflict maximum damage to a target were also found, jurors were told.

The defence team for the alleged right-wing extremist, who is accusing of shooting and stabbing Mrs Cox outside the library in Birstall, west Yorkshire, revealed that they would not be offering a defence.

He said Mr Kenny, a "brave and courageous gentleman" who sought to prevent the attack, would "forever be affected".

Mr Justice Wilkie had spent the afternoon summing up the evidence heard since the trial began on November 14.

Mair declined to respond when asked at a pre-trial hearing in October to enter a plea, so a judge recorded pleas of not guilty to all charges on his behalf.

The prosecution has claimed...