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Suspected murderer of British lawmaker Jo Cox to face trial in November

The British member of parliament Jo Cox was murdered in North England last week by 52-year-old Thomas Mair. Photograph: (Getty)

London Jun 23, 2016, 10.10 AM (IST)
The man accused of murdering British Member of Parliament Jo Cox in her electoral district in northern England last week will go on trial in November.

Thomas Mair, 52, is accused of shooting and stabbing Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two young children, in the street as she arrived for a meeting with residents in the town of Birstall. A seventy-seven-year-old man who came to her aid was also stabbed.

The murder of the pro-European Union lawmaker horrified politicians and the public and overshadowed the last days of campaigning ahead of today's referendum on whether Britain should remain in the bloc.

Charged with murder, causing grievous bodily harm, and possession of a gun and a knife, Mair appeared at London's Old Bailey criminal court via videolink from prison for a brief hearing today 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 which is next due in court on September 19.

Judge John Saunders said his trial, which is being handled under terrorism protocols, will start on November 14 and will be led by a High Court judge. Mair is due to enter a plea on October 4.

(Reuters)
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