Jo Cox was victim of political killer who searched online for William

center_img 2:04PMJo Cox’s parents pictured arriving at Old Bailey  Mr Whittam said: “The defendant then stood above Jo Cox and discharged the firearm at close range, firstly towards her head and then towards her chest … he appears to have returned to make sure she was fatally wounded”.Jurors were shown pictures of the gun, a .22 Weihrauch rifle with the stock and most of its barrel removed.Mr Mair, of Birstall, West Yorkshire, denies murder, inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a firearm and possession of a knife. The trial continues. 2:35PMAttacker repeatedly shouted ‘Britain First’ during pre-meditated murder for political cause, jurors told He also searched .22 ammunition, including answers to the question “is a .22 round deadly enough to kill with one shot to a human’s head?”On the eve of Ms Cox’s death, Mair had looked at web pages on far right politicians, members of the Klu Klux Klan and material about the Waffen SS, jurors were told. 2:27PMProsecutor: ‘She was brutally murdered by one of her constituents… it was a cowardly attack’ Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, begins opening the case for the prosecution, saying the circumstances of Jo Cox’s death are “shocking”.He tells Court Eight in the Old Bailey that the events took place in Market Street in Birstall, near Batley in Kirklees on Thursday, June 16.Mrs Cox was the 40-year-old MP for Batley and Spen. She was “well known as a hardworking MP and mother of two young children.”On June 16 she was due to hold a surgery in the library in Market Street, just off the Market Square, between 1pm to 2pm. 4:31PMEnd of day 1 Court artist sketch of Thomas Mair (back left) in the dock at the Old BaileyCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a man accused of the terror-related murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.Thomas Mair, 53, allegedly shot and stabbed the 41-year-old outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, on June 16.He is charged with Mrs Cox’s murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon – a dagger.Mair, from Birstall, is also charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Bernard Carter-Kenny on the same date. He denies all the charges against him. Labour’s Jo Cox after being elected as MP for Batley and SpenCredit:Julian Hughes Thomas Mair pictured in a court sketch flanked by security guards during a previous hearingCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA 1:34PMProsecution set to outline case on Monday afternoon Thomas Mair, with a closely cropped hair and beard, wore a plain blue suit and dark tie as he sat in and listened to the four charges against him.He denies murder, having a firearm with intent, grievous bodily harm and possession of a dagger. Police outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where MP Jo Cox was holding a constituency meeting before she was attackedCredit:Ben Lack for The Telegraph Jean and Gordon Leadbeater arrive at the Old Bailey The knife that was shown to the jury during the trial of Thomas Mair, accused of murdering Jo Cox Police outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where MP Jo Cox was holding a constituency meeting before she was attacked 2:19PMVideo: Jo Cox’s path to the House of Commons   Court artist sketch of Thomas Mair (back left) in the dock at the Old Bailey 1:40PMWho was Labour MP Jo Cox? Jo Cox’s sister, mother and father arrive at court for the start of the trialCredit: i-Images  The following day he looked up Nazi Party material, political prisoners, serial killers, the human liver and vertebral column and the crime of matricide, or killing one’s mother.While he was there, he asked a library worker: “Do you have to book an appointment to see Jo Cox?” On June 15, the day before the murder, he went to the library at Birstall, where Mrs Cox would be attacked, and carried out searches into the Ku Klux Klan and people murdered by them, material about Hitler’s Waffen SS, coffins, lying in repose, lying in state and pauper’s funerals.Mr Whittam told the jury: “You may think that it helps you to understand his apparent motive in deciding to carry out this murder.” Labour's Jo Cox after being elected as MP for Batley & Spen 3:38PM’He went to try and help. He was stabbed’ 1:41PMVideo: How MPs paid tribute to Jo Cox in the House of Commons As we await the start of the trial, Jo Cox’s parents Jean and Gordon Leadbeater have been pictured arriving at the Old Bailey.The jury was sworn in this morning and we are expecting the trial to begin with the prosecution case opening after the lunch break in the next few minutes. Stay with us for updates. Police forensics officers arrive at the scene of Jo Cox’s death in JuneCredit:Ben Lack for The Telegraph Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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