British MP Jo Cox’s Murderer to Go on Trial on 14 November

At an earlier hearing, the accused said that his name was “death to traitors, freedom for Britain.”

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British MP Jo Cox was shot dead in the streets of Birstall. (Photo: AP)
  • Thomas Mair, the man accused of stabbing and murdering British member of parliament Jo Cox last week was told on Thursday that he will go on trial in November. He attacked Cox as she arrived for a meeting with residents in the town of Birstall. A 77-year-old man who came to her aid was also stabbed.

  • Charged with murder, causing grievous bodily harm, and for illegal possession of a gun and a knife, Mair appeared at London’s Old Bailey criminal court via video from prison for a brief hearing on Thursday, where he spoke only to confirm his name. At an earlier court hearing, Mair had said his name was “death to traitors, freedom for Britain”.

  • He was remanded in custody and is due in court next on 19 September. Judge John Saunders said his trial, which was being handled under terrorism protocols, would start on 14 November and would be led by a High Court judge. Mair is due to enter a plea on 4 October.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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