Ac­cused killer of law­maker de­clines to de­fend him­self

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The man ac­cused of mur­der­ing Bri­tish Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Jo Cox will not speak in his own de­fense at his trial, a Bri­tish court heard yes­ter­day. Thomas Mair, 53, had de­clined to en­ter a plea at a pre-trial hear­ing in Oc­to­ber, so a judge had recorded a plea of not guilty on his be­half. La­bor MP Cox, 41, was shot three times and re­peat­edly stabbed on the street in the town of Birstall, part of her elec­toral district in north­ern Eng­land, a week be­fore Bri­tain voted to leave the EU in June. De­fense lawyer Si­mon Rus­sell Flint told ju­rors at Lon­don’s Old Bai­ley court: “We call no ev­i­dence for Mr Mair.” Judge Alan Wilkie said the jury could draw their own con­clu­sions if he de­clined to of­fer ev­i­dence.

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