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Jury convicts Thomas Mair of murdering UK lawmaker Jo Cox

Jury convicts Thomas Mair of murdering UK lawmaker Jo Cox

A man obsessed with Nazis and white supremacism was sentenced to life in jail on Wednesday for the murder of British MP Jo Cox in a frenzied street attack that stunned the United Kingdom a week before the Brexit referendum.

He has given a whole-of-life sentence and will die in jail.

Cox's death inspired the #MoreInCommon movement, which took its name from a line in one of her parliamentary speeches and was created to bring people and communities together.

During the trial the court heard that Mair had planned his attack on the Labour MP for weeks and had researched the assassinations of other MPs.

When police raided Mair's home after the attack, they found a horde of neo-nazi magazines and books, as well has an Eagle and swastika statuette.

Jurors were told 53-year-old Mair had pleaded not guilty, but his lawyers presented no evidence in his defence. The defendant showed no emotion when the sentence was read out.

Labour MP for Batley and Spen in northern England, Jo Cox, was shot and stabbed to death on June 16.

They described the popping noise of Mair's gun and how he threatened to stab people if they got in his way.

Mair's inspiration, the judge said, was "not love of country" but "an admiration for Nazisism and similar anti-democratic, white supremacist creeds".

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PH BARRED Mair will share the same wing as twisted Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale

He said Mair had not the courage to acknowledge what he did and forced Mrs Cox's family to relive the events.

Ms Cox was an ardent supporter of the campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union, and was slain in the street a week before the referendum in which Britons chose to leave. We must renew the fight against racists like him and stand together to celebrate Jo's life and values. By your actions you have betrayed the quintessence of our country: "its adherence to a parliamentary democracy".

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

In a statement read out in court, Kenny said that it was an act of "evil".

On his arrest, the loner told police he was a "political activist" and at his first magistrates court appearance, when he was asked for his name, he responded "death to traitors, freedom for Britain".

After his conviction on Wednesday (23 November), the judge, Justice Wilkie, refused his request to address the court, saying he had plenty of chances to explain himself, and had not done so.

The widower of murder Jo Cox went face-to-face with her killer today, branding the murder an "incompetent and self-defeating" act that unleashed an outpouring of love instead of hate.

Mair had also accessed the Wikipedia page of "far right" online publication Occidental Observer and the Twitter and Wikipedia pages for Cox.