Sus­pect: ‘Death to traitors, free­dom for Bri­tain’

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The man ac­cused of killing UK MP Jo Cox gave his name as “Death to traitors, free­dom for Bri­tain” in his first court ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day.

Thomas Mair, 52, made his de­fi­ant state­ment in West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court in Lon­don af­ter be­ing charged overnight with the mur­der of the pop­u­lar Labour Party min­is­ter.

Mair re­fused to give his cor­rect name and did not an­swer when asked for his ad­dress and date of birth.

Labour Party MP Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed to death on Thurs­day af­ter get­ting out of her car in the town of Birstall, in West York­shire, in her con­stituency.

The killing in broad day­light of a Bri­tish politi­cian has stunned the UK and si­lenced what had been a fu­ri­ous cam­paign ahead of Thurs­day’s ref­er­en­dum on whether Bri­tain should re­main in the Euro­pean Union. Both sides have sus­pended cam­paign­ing as a sign of re­spect for Cox, who be­came the first sit­ting mem­ber of Par­lia­ment to be killed in more than 25 years.

Mair was charged with mur­der, in­flict­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm, pos­ses­sion of a firearm with in­tent to com­mit a crime, and other gun-re­lated charges.

Deputy Chief Mag­is­trate Emma Ar­buth­not said in court that a psy­chi­atric re­port should be pre­pared “bear­ing in mind the name he has just given”.

Mair will be kept in cus­tody at Bel­marsh Prison un­til his next court ap­pear­ance, set for to­mor­row at the Old Bai­ley.

He was not re­quired to en­ter a plea dur­ing the brief ses­sion yes­ter­day, dur­ing which he was hand­cuffed to a guard through­out the pro­ceed­ings.

Au­thor­i­ties have not of­fered a mo­tive for the killing.

Counter-ter­ror­ism po­lice were in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion look­ing for pos­si­ble links, but the charges filed did not in­clude any ter­ror­ism of­fences.

Cox was a for­mer aid worker who cham­pi­oned im­mi­grant rights, bring­ing an end to Syria’s civil war and keep­ing the United King­dom in the Euro­pean Union.

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