Man sentenced to life in jail for murder of MP

A UK court sentenced Thomas Mair to life in jail for the murder of Member of Parliament Jo Cox. The murder was committed after Cox advocated against Britain leaving the European Union.
Cox (left) and Mair (right) Photo credit: CNN/ Channel 2 News

41-year-old Thomas Mair was sentenced to life in jail for the murder of British Member of Parliament (MP) Jo Cox. Mair, a believer in white supremacy, murdered Cox when she was supposed to meet voters in Birstall to discuss the European Union (EU) referendum vote. While shooting and stabbing her, he shouted: “Britain First!”

Mair plead not guilty but chose not to provide an alibi in his defense. The jury took an hour and a half to reach its verdict.

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Cox was shot 3 times and stabbed 15 times a week before the EU referendum vote. She strongly advocated against Britain leaving the EU. Britain voted against staying, a decision commonly referred to as Brexit.

Mair requested to speak in court but the judge denied his request, saying he had already had the opportunity. “You betrayed the quintessence of our country - parliamentary democracy,” the judge stated.



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