Jo Cox murder was pre-planned and politically motivated, trial hears

Jo Cox's murder was pre-planned and politically motivated, trial hears

Tributes were paid to Jo Cox after her death

Monday, November 14, 2016

Labour MP Jo Cox was stabbed repeatedly and shot three times in a pre-planned murder with an ideological or political motive, a trial has heard.

Thomas Mair is accused of carrying out the murder of the MP for Batley and Spen in June, a crime which shocked Britain on the eve of the EU referendum.

Mair shouted "Britain first," as he attacked Cox, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC told the Old Bailey as the trial began today.

Whittam added: “It was a cowardly attack by a man armed with a firearm and a knife.

“It was a premeditated murder for a political and/or ideological cause.”

Mair is accused of possession of a dagger, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an offence and grievous bodily harm to a passerby.

As he did not enter a plea earlier this month, not guilty pleas were given to all charges on his behalf. As the trial began Mair sat making notes as evidence against him was brought forward.

Eight men and four women were sworn in at the Old Bailey to begin the trial, which is expected to last for three weeks.

 

 

 

Today is the opening day of the case, Cox was killed on 16th June this year, on her way to a meeting with constituents.

Mair is accused of possession of a dagger, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an offence and grievous bodily harm to a passerby.