White supremacist sentenced to life in prison for the murder of British MP
The attack on the Labour politician, which took place on June 16 in the run-up to the referendum on leaving the EU, was described by the Crown Prosecution Service as “nothing less than acts of terrorism designed to advance his twisted ideology.” Mair pleaded not guilty to the charges but offered no defence during the seven-day trial.
The neo-Nazi, white supremacist terrorist Thomas Mair guilty of murdering Jo Cox. The media now has to describe him for what he is.
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) November 23, 2016
After the verdict was read out, Mair, who has never offered any explanation for his actions, attempted to address the court. However Mr. Justice Wilkie denied him permission to do so, and handed Mair a whole life sentence due to the “exceptional seriousness” of the offence.
Judge – there is no doubt that Jo Cox murder was done because of white supremacy with links to Nazism
— Fiona Hamilton (@Fhamiltontimes) November 23, 2016
Cox, who is survived by her husband Brendan and two children, was a passionate EU supporter. She had been arriving for a local constituency meeting when Mair repeatedly shot and stabbed the 41-year-old as he shouted “This is for Britain!” and “Keep Britain independent!”
Mair will no doubt become a hero to the alt-right & other neo-Nazis, much like Norway mass murderer Breivik. Nazis always idolise murderers.
— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) November 23, 2016
Police found Nazi literature at Mair’s home as well as information about Cox. His online history showed he browsed far-right websites like the Occidental Observer as well as researching Nazi Germany and the Ku Klux Klan.
The single biggest tribute we can pay to Jo Cox will be to confront those who wish to promote the hatred and division that led to her murder pic.twitter.com/gJPVBGqMdC
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) November 23, 2016
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