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Jo Cox Murder Suspect To Appear In Court Under Terrorism Protocols

Thomas Mair, 52, will appear at the Old Bailey in London on Thursday.

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Floral tributes and candles are placed by a picture of Labour MP Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament squarem London
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Floral tributes and candles are placed by a picture of Labour MP Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament squarem London

The man accused of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox will appear in court this week under terrorism protocols.

Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, appeared at the Old Bailey in London on Monday afternoon via video link from Belmarsh prison in a short pre-trial hearing.

Mr Justice Sweeney told the court Mair's case was being dealt with under the UK's anti-terrorism protocol and that Mair will appear again at the Old Bailey on the court's terrorism list on Thursday morning.

Cox, 41, a rising star of the Labour party and a campaigner for the UK to remain in the European Union, was shot and stabbed in the street outside a library on Thursday.

The attack took place on Market Street in Birstall, a small West Yorkshire town in the Batley and Spen constituency Cox was elected to represent in May 2015.

At a brief hearing at Westminster magistrates' court on Saturday, Mair was asked to confirm his name and replied: "My name is death to traitors. Freedom for Britain."

When asked on Monday to confirm he was Thomas Mair, the defendant, dressed in a grey tracksuit and flanked by a security guard, replied only: "Yes, I am."

The hearing was moved to a larger courtroom, such was the media interest in the case.

As well as murder, Mair also faces a charge of grievous bodily harm, for allegedly stabbing retired 77-year-old Bernard Kenny, one count of possession of a firearm with intent to cause harm and one count of possessing an offensive weapon.

West Yorkshire police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

The investigation into Cox's death continued over the weekend, with police receiving assistance from the North East Terrorist Unit, which provides support to several police forces in cases of domestic and international terrorism.


Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Patrick Smith at patrick.smith@buzzfeed.com.

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