Loner gets life for Bri­tish MP’s mur­der

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LONDON: A far-right ex­trem­ist was sen­tenced yes­ter­day to life im­pris­on­ment with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of re­lease for mur­der­ing Bri­tish MP Jo Cox a week be­fore Bri­tain’s EU ref­er­en­dum in a “po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated” at­tack.

“Be­cause she was a MP, your crime has an ad­di­tional di­men­sion that calls for a par­tic­u­lar pun­ish­ment,” judge Alan Wilkie told Thomas Mair, 53, as he is­sued the rare “whole life term” pun­ish­ment.

“There is no doubt it was done to fur­ther a po­lit­i­cal mo­tive,” he said.

The jury at London’s cen­tral crim­i­nal court con­victed Mair of killing the mother of two, who cam­paigned for Bri­tain to stay in the European Union, as she ar­rived at a li­brary to meet her con­stituents on June 16.

Mair showed no emo­tion as the sentence was read out.

The court ear­lier heard that Mair – who re­fused to give ev­i­dence in his own de­fence – shouted “Bri­tain first” as he fired three shots at the law­maker and stabbed her 15 times in Birstall, north­ern Eng­land.

Asked to give his name at an ear­lier hear­ing, he said: “Death to traitors, free­dom for Bri­tain.”

Fol­low­ing the ver­dict, Cox’s hus­band Bren­dan called the mur­der “a po­lit­i­cal act and an act of ter­ror­ism”.

“We have no in­ter­est in the per­pe­tra­tor, we only feel pity for him,” he said, say­ing his fam­ily’s life had “col­lapsed” fol­low­ing the mur­der. – AFP

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