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Flowers and tributes placed by a photo of Jo Cox in Parliament Square after she was killed [Image: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images].

Flowers and tributes placed by a photo of Jo Cox in Parliament Square after she was killed [Image: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images].


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Comments are off; I won’t be offering any opinions on this until the case has concluded and none of you should try to provide any either.

The chances of anything said here prejudicing the case are small – but let’s not take a chance, eh?

The Labour MP Jo Cox was repeatedly shot and stabbed in a “brutal, cowardly” and politically motivated murder, the trial of the man accused of the killing was told on Monday.

Thomas Mair uttered the words “Britain first” and “keep Britain independent” as he carried out the attack, Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey.

The killer struck as Cox went about her business in her Yorkshire constituency during the European referendum campaign, in which she had supported the campaign to remain in the EU.

Her final moments – in an assault described by the prosecution as “dynamic, fast-moving and shocking” – were captured by closed circuit television cameras. “It was a cowardly attack by a man armed with a firearm and a knife,” Whittam told the jury. “It was a premeditated murder for a political and/or ideological cause.”

Mair is charged with Cox’s murder ‪on 16 June‬, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an offence, possession of a dagger and and grievous bodily harm to a second victim, the passerby Bernard Carter Kenny.

The 53-year-old unemployed gardener declined to enter a plea when he appeared at the Old Bailey last month. As a consequence, not guilty pleas to all four charges were entered on his behalf.

The jury was told that Mair struck as Cox was on her way to a meeting with voters at the library in his home town, Birstall. The town lies within Batley and Spen, the West Yorkshire constituency to which she had been elected in the 2015 general election.

Source: Jo Cox killed in ‘brutal, cowardly’ and politically motivated murder, trial hears | UK news | The Guardian

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