Thomas Mair found guilty of murdering Jo Cox MP

Thomas Mair found guilty of murdering Jo Cox MP

The white supremacist who killed Labour MP Jo Cox has been given a whole life sentence after being found guilty of the "terrorist" murder.

Jurors at London's Central Criminal Court deliberated for less than two hours before finding Thomas Mair guilty.

The lone attacker who shot down Labour MP for Birstall Jo Cox, Thomas Mair, has been jailed for the rest of his life today.

During the June 16 attack, he shouted "Britain first" and "Keep Britain independent", his trial heard.

Prosecutors said his home was full of Nazi literature and memorabilia, and his computer revealed an interest in far right, anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi politics.

Speaking outside court, he said his wife's killing was an incompetent and self-defeating act of terrorism that was driven by hatred but instead created an outpouring of love.

Old Bailey Judge Justice Wilkie concluded the act was premeditated.

But, in a signal of the dual reality Mair was living, he was also searching the web for articles on "matricide" during the build-up to his murderous act.

Jo Cox's sister Kim Leadbeater says their family will "not be beaten" and will "ensure Jo's legacy continues".

But, for a long time, Mair had been researching white supremacy and Nazi views in South Africa, the U.S. and Germany.

Widower Brendan Cox told the court after the verdict that "we are not here to plead for retribution", according to PA.

Jo Cox was the first British female MP ever to be murdered and the first MP to be killed in office since 1990. "What she was and what she meant to us", he said. Mair murdered Cox a week before the Brexit vote while she was holding a weekly open meeting with her constituents.

Witnesses have said Cox suffered a ferocious attack when she arrived at the Birstall library to give an advice session to local residents, and that when apprehended by police Mair had said "It's me" and described himself as a political activist.

ANTI-HATE groups and police warned of an increasing threat of right-wing terrorism and extremism after yesterday's conviction of neonazi Thomas Mair for the murder of MP Jo Cox. A lesser known fact about Jo is that she had applied for a debate on "legal protection for faith communities from hatred and prejudice". "By your actions you have betrayed the quintessence of our country, its adherence to parliamentary democracy", said Wilkes.

He also stabbed Bernard Carter-Kenny, 78, as he came to Cox's defence.

After the guilty verdict, Mair asked to address the court but he request was denied by the judge, who said he had already had an opportunity.

"Mair gave no explanation for his actions, but the prosecution was able to prove that the crime premeditated, animated by hatred, is no less an act of terrorism meant to highlight its deviant ideology" explained the head of the division of against-terrorism prosecutors, Sue Hemming, in a statement.