Wednesday as PMQs ended in the House of Commons and new Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond got to his feet to announce his Autumn Statement, aka budget, news broke that Thomas Mair, 53, had been found guilty of the murder of Jo Cox.
He will spend the rest of his life in Jail.
In June Mair shot Mrs Cox twice in the head and once in the chest with a sawn-off .22 hunting rifle at close range before stabbing her 15 times.
'Terrorist' Thomas Mair found guilty of Jo Cox murder reports the Guardian. "Unemployed gardener, 53, murdered the Labour MP in a ‘brutal, cowardly’ and politically motivated act."
And finally the word "terrorist" is used.
"An extreme rightwing terrorist has been found guilty of the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox after a seven-day Old Bailey trial in which he made no effort to defend himself."
Police reportedly found a large amount of right-wing extremist literature and memorabilia at Mair"s home.
Jo Cox, 41, died within hours, or perhaps minutes, of a vicious attack on the streets of her Batley and Spen constituency and Thomas Mair was charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.
Appearing in Westminster Magistrates' Court in June Mair refused to give his real name or confirm his address. When asked his name he said it was "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain."
Jo Cox was a bright, bubbly Yorkshire lass who worked tirelessly for others before becoming an MP in 2015. A mother of two young children and wife to Brendan, Jo and her family were a fine example of all that is right in life and politics.
Thursday June 16, 2016, Jo Cox was killed in her constituency, brutally attacked in broad daylight.
A 77-year-old man who tried to intervene sustained serious injuries.
Hate played a part in the death of Jo Cox and the mainstream media and some politicians may have to accept some blame.
Having whipped some sections of British society almost into an in / out of the EU frenzy the mainstream media may have to hold its hands up.
Similarly as PMQs became increasingly vitriolic with some MPs acting in a derisory manner online and feeding the msm a series of hate fuelled reports they too must hold up their hands.
At the Old Bailey Wednesday "In his closing speech, the prosecuting counsel, Richard Whittam QC, said Cox had been the victim of a cowardly attack: “The sheer brutality of her murder and the utter cowardice of her murderer bring the two extremities of humanity face to face.”
Thoughts with Jo's immediate family and the Labour Party family.
Op-ed: The trial of the man accused of murdering MP, wife and mother of two, Jo Cox continues.
The trial at the Old Bailey was suspended for one-day this week due to industrial action by prison officers but has resumed.
Mrs Cox was stabbed 15 times and shot three times, including twice in the head, in June 2016.
Jo was brutally killed Thursday June 16, 2016, one week ahead of the UK EU referendum and six days before her 42nd birthday.
The man accused of her murder, Thomas Mair, 53, of Birstall, denies murdering the Labour politician.
The death of Jo Cox, at the hands of another and on the streets of her constituency, sent shockwaves across the UK and beyond.
Mrs Cox was elected MP for Batley and Spen in 2015 after years working for international humanitarian aid charity Oxfam.
Details of the attack are horrific.
A slight figure Mrs Cox never stood a chance.
This week the court heard that she tried to protect her staff in her dying moments shouting: “Let him hurt me. Don’t let him hurt you” as she was attacked.
According to the Telegraph "Senior caseworker Sandra Major arrived at the Birstall library, in West Yorkshire, with mother-of-two Mrs Cox and personal assistant Fazila Aswat. Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, she told how she saw a man in her peripheral vision walking past them. She said: "He had a gun in his hand. He raised his arm and shot her in the head. It was in the area of her temple. "She fell backwards into the ground and there was blood pouring down her face."
"He was shouting something like "keep Britain independent" or "British independence", she told jurors. Ms Major added: “Fazila shouted: ‘Get away from us; she has two little kids’. I was just screaming for help. I thought if some people came, he might go away.
The attacker made threats to the two women before shooting Mrs Cox two more times and stabbing her again.
Jo Cox was so badly injured she was unable to get up, shield herself or try to escape her attacker. "Fazila, I can't run, I'm hurt" she told her assistant as she lay dying.
One man tried to intervene Bernard Carter-Kenny, 77. He was stabbed in the stomach. He is currently an inpatient at Leeds General Infirmary. His statement to the court was given from that hospital.
Op-Ed: Thomas Mair the man accused of the killing of young mother of two and Labour MP for Batley and Spen Jo Cox has been in the news this week.
Three-days-ago in these politically correct days IPSO reported their decision that it was OK that some in the media had called Mair a ‘Brexit Nut.’
ImediaEthics reported “300 people complained to the UK press regulator after the Daily Star called the person who killed Parliament member Jo Cox a “Brexit nut.” That is, the person was in favour of Brexit, the term for Britain to leave the European Union (which Britain voted to do earlier this year)."
Jo Cox, 41, was killed on the streets of her constituency the day that UKIP and Nigel Farage launched a divisive and incorrect Brexit campaign poster regarding migrants to the UK.
That report continues “The Star‘s June 17 headline was “Labour MP dead after attack by Brexit Nut.”“Complainants said that the headline of the article was inaccurate because there was no information to suggest that the alleged attacker was a Brexit supporter, and that the attack was ‘Brexit-motivated’,” IPSO reported. The Star argued it was fair to report the killer was pro-Brexit because witnesses heard him say “Britain first,” and Cox was pro-EU. “The newspaper believed that the attack was politically motivated and wanted to convey the alleged attacker’s ideology on the front page,” IPSO said
The shout of “Britain First” was however disputed.
But IPSO concluded the terminology was fair in light of the information known at the time.
Tuesday Mair, 53, appeared in court via viedo-link but refused to speak when asked to enter pleas.
He spoke only to confirm his name.
“He was asked to answer charges that he killed Mrs Cox, 41, outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on June 26. Mr Mair, who is alleged to have shot and stabbed her, faces four charges which are being treated by the court as terror-related offences. He appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link from Belmarsh prison in south-east London and spoke to confirm his name.”
As Mair refused to speak the judge ordered that not guilty pleas should be entered on his behalf.
Judge Mr Justice Wilkie then adjourned the case for a further hearing on October 28 and set a provisional date for a four-week trial as November 14.
Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed on the steps of her local library after her weekly surgery had ended at around 1pm GMT June 16. Later it was revealed she quickly died. It was one week or so ahead of the EU referendum and her 42nd birthday.
Jo, who was elected MP for Batley and Spen at the 2015 May General Election, was about to attend a constituency surgery when she was killed.
Thomas Mair is accused of murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon - a dagger.
RIP Jo Cox born Jun2 22, 1974, died June 16, 2016.
Jeremy Corbyn statement re murder of MP Jo Cox
The murder of Jo Cox, the good, the bad and the ugly
Thomas Mair the man charged with the brutal killing of MP Jo Cox on June 16, 2016, made his third court appearance Thursday; his last two appearances however have been via a video link to the court.
At his in person court appearance last Saturday Mair refused to confirm his name and address instead giving his name as "Death to traitors, Freedom to Britain."
That first appearance was at a magistrate's court but events quickly moved on to the Old Bailey.
Thursday the Guardian reports "Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, West Yorkshire, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh prison in south-east London. He said: “Yes I am,” when asked to confirm his name and made notes during the 15-minute hearing."
At Thursday's hearing a date of November 14 was set for the trial.
He will be tried under terrorism laws though for many the brutal killing of MP Jo Cox was a dastardly assassination.
Mr Justice Sauders said "the media could report that the charges against Mair would [be] handled in “the terrorism case management list”. That is part of the court system where alleged terrorism cases are handled."
"Terrorism is defined as an action, threat or violent act “made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause” according to section one of the Terrorism Act 2000."
Another court hearing will take place on September 19.
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