Thomas Mair was found guilty of murder as well as of grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offense as well as possession of an offensive weapon.
The Labour MP was stabbed as well as shot by Mair, days before Britain voted on whether to remain within the European Union — Cox, 41, was a prominent supporter of the “Remain” campaign.
The judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, sentenced Mair to a whole-life term. “You are no patriot,” he told Mair. “By your actions, you have betrayed the quintessence of our country, its adherence to parliamentary democracy.”
Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime as well as Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said Mair’s premeditated crimes were “motivated by hate … nothing less than acts of terrorism designed to advance his twisted ideology.”
Seen as a rising star of British politics as well as respected across the political spectrum, Cox, who had two children, campaigned to keep the UK within the EU, celebrated diversity, championed the rights of immigrants as well as was an advocate of women’s as well as children’s issues.
The court heard in which Mair, a Nazi sympathizer, stabbed her, shot her once within the head as well as once within the chest having a rifle as well as then stabbed her again having a dagger.
His victim cried out: “Let him hurt me, don’t let him hurt you,” as well as despite the efforts of a bystander as well as paramedics she died later, according to news agency CourtNewsUK.
At his home at Lowood Lane in Birstall, police found an extensive collection of Nazi memorabilia as well as books, a dossier on Cox; as well as at his local library they found evidence of Internet searches for extreme right wing material as well as the gun he planned to use, the agency reported.
No evidence was offered on his behalf, as well as his barrister Russell Flint QC made only a very short speech saying Mair’s fate was within the hands of the jury, the agency said.
Politician a ‘bright star’
Cox’s death drew tributes by all sides, with the then Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron telling lawmakers: “She had a huge heart. She was a very compassionate, caring MP. She was a bright star — no doubt about the idea.” He also praised her “great track record of caring about refugees.”
After the verdict was announced, Corbyn posted on Twitter: “The single biggest tribute we can pay to Jo Cox will be to confront those who wish to promote the hatred as well as division in which led to her murder.”
Her husband Brendan said Cox “lit up our lives” as well as called for unity to ensure in which “those … who seek to divide us will face an unassailable wall of British tolerance.”
Before the trial, the widower said Cox had become increasingly worried in which politics was getting more extreme as well as “too tribal.”
“While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time as well as time again as I travel around the constituency will be in which we are far more united as well as have far more in common with each different than things in which divide us,” she told fellow lawmakers.
‘Brave eye witnesses’
Cox was killed by Mair outside a meeting with her constituents in Birstall, West Yorkshire.
At an earlier hearing, prosecutor David Cawthorne said Mair also stabbed 78-year-old passer-by Bernard Carter-Kenny who scrambled out of his vehicle to help the MP. He suffered a serious abdomen injury.
Carter-Kenny was too ill to attend the Old Bailey to give evidence, although told the court in a statement in which he tried to jump on Mair’s back as well as “take him down,” according to CourtNewsUK.
The court heard in which unarmed police officers tackled Mair, who told them: “the idea’s me. I’m a political activist,” the agency said.
Sue Hemming, speaking on behalf of the CPS, praised the actions of “several people [who] courageously intervened to try as well as save Ms Cox,” as well as of the “brave eye witnesses” who spoke out at the trial.
White supremacist links
He also subscribed to a pro-apartheid group’s magazine within the 1980s, the magazine’s editor told sy88pgw.
Mair was handed a whole life sentence, which means he can only ever be released upon the orders of the UK Home Secretary.
Judge scathing in his summary
He told Mair: “You are no patriot. By your actions you have betrayed the quintessence of our country, its adherence to parliamentary democracy.
“You have not even had the courage to admit as well as acknowledge what you did.”
Family celebrates Jo Cox’s life
“We feel nothing although pity for him; in which his life was so devoid of love in which his only way of finding meaning was to attack a defenseless woman who represented the best of our country in an act of supreme cowardice. Cowardice in which has continued throughout in which trial.”
The statement celebrated the work of the MP as well as her skills as a mother, saying: “Jo will be no longer with us, although her love, her example as well as her values live on. For the rest of our lives we will not lament how unlucky we were to have her taken by us, although how unbelievably lucky we were to have her in our lives for so long.
“As a much-loved friend, daughter, sister, auntie, wife as well as mum, Jo lit up our lives. as well as she still does.”