Thomas Mair sentenced to life for murder of Jo Cox MP

Thomas Mair sentenced to life for murder of Jo Cox MP

THE MAN who murdered Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox will spend the rest of his life in jail.

Thomas Mair was found guilty at the Old Bailey for an attack described by Mr Justice Wilkie as a "ruthless and brutal terrorist act, aggravated by planning and pre-meditation".

The mother-of-two's family were in court to hear the jury find Thomas Mair guilty on all four charges he faced.

A whole-life sentence was imposed – meaning Mair will die in jail.

Mair, 53, was found guilty by the jury of murder, grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a firearm with intent to commit and indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon - namely a dagger.

The jury took an hour-and-a-half to come to their verdict following the seven-day trial in London.

Mrs Cox's family was in court, including her husband Brendan Cox.

Mair's lawyers asked for him to be allowed to make a speech following the verdict.

Judge Wilkie said: "You have had the opportunity and declined it ... I am not minded to allow it."

In a statement Brendan Cox called his wife's murder an act of cowardice – and for the first time a normally-unresponsive Mair looked round at him. He also said that he was not there for "retribution" and felt "nothing but pity for" Mair.

Mair, of Lowood Lane, Birstall, repeatedly stabbed and shot Mrs Cox outside Birstall library on June 16.

– READ THE FULL STORY IN FRIDAY'S EDITION OF THE PRESS

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