Jo Cox murder trial opens at the Old Bailey – but defendant refuses to enter pleas

The late Jo Cox [Image: Brendan Cox].

The late Jo Cox [Image: Brendan Cox].

Any comment by This Writer would be redundant as I do not wish to prejudice proceedings and there is very little information on the case as yet; this is for information.

This means a trial will take place, starting on November 14 and expected to last four weeks.

Comments on this article are switched off; I don’t want any readers prejudicing the case either.

A man accused of killing the Labour MP Jo Cox has refused to enter pleas as he appeared in court.

Thomas Mair, 53, from Birstall, remained silent when asked to plead at the Old Bailey on four charges relating to Mrs Cox’s death.

Mrs Cox, 41, who was a married mother-of-two, was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, in June.

In the light of Mr Mair’s silence, the judge ordered that not guilty pleas should be entered on his behalf.

The defendant 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.

He appeared via video-link from Belmarsh prison and spoke only to confirm his name.

Members of Mrs Cox’s family were in court to witness proceedings.

The judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, adjourned the case for a further hearing on October 28.

A provisional four-week trial date has been fixed for 14 November.

Source: Jo Cox MP death: Murder accused Thomas Mair refuses to enter pleas – BBC News


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