Murder of British lawmaker Jo Cox: suspect arrives in court

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:36 GMT, Jun 18, 2016 |

Thomas Mair appeared in court on Saturday (June 18) charged with the murder of lawmaker Jo Cox, an attack that has shocked Britain and brought a temporary halt to campaigning ahead of next week’s referendum on European Union membership.

Mair gave his name as “death to traitors, freedom for Britain” when asked his name by the clerk at London’s Westminster Magistrates Court.

Cox, 41-year-old member of the opposition Labour Party who supported Britain staying in the EU, was shot and stabbed to death in the street in her own electoral district in northern England on Thursday (June 16).

Mair, who lives in the town of Birstall, in Yorkshire, where Cox was killed, appeared in court charged with murder, causing grievous bodily harm, and possession of a firearm and another offensive weapon.