Jo Cox Murder Accused, Thomas Mair, Refuses To Enter Pleas In Court

A trial date has been set for November.

04/10/2016 12:33

The man accused of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox has refused to enter pleas when he appeared at court on Tuesday.

Thomas Mair remained silent when asked whether he admitted or denied the offences. 

Not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf.

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Thomas Mair (centre) refused to enter pleas when he appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

The 53-year-old, from Birstall, is accused of murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

He appeared via video-link from Belmarsh prison, speaking only to confirm his name. 

Mair is accused of murdering Cox outside her constituency surgery in June. The 41-year-old mother-of-two died after being shot and stabbed in the street.

Members of Cox’s family were in court during today’s proceedings, the BBC reports.

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Labour MP Jo Cox was killed outside her constituency office in Birstall, Leeds, in June.

At an earlier hearing it was revealed that medical issues will not be forming part of Mair’s defence.

The prosecution team understood the main issues in the trial would be “factual”.

Mair’s case is being handled under the “terrorism protocol”.

A provisional trial date has been set for November 14.

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