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Jo Cox Murder Trial: Accused Thomas Mair 'Had Nazi Ornament In His Home'

He also had books about the 'white race', the Holocaust and articles about Cox.

21/11/2016 14:49

An alleged white supremacist accused of murdering MP Jo Cox had a gold Third Reich Eagle ornament with a swastika on it on his bookcase, a court has heard.

Thomas Mair, 53, is on trial for allegedly shooting and stabbing the 41-year-old Remain campaigner a week before the EU referendum vote.

The Old Bailey was told a search of his home in Lowood Lane, in Birstall, West Yorkshire, uncovered books on German military history, The Press Association reports.

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A court sketch of Thomas Mair (centre) in the dock at The Old Bailey

He also had a publication on the German Holocaust and SS Race Theory And Late Selection Guidelines, jurors heard.

Another was entitled March Of The Titans: A History Of The White Race, and a double- page press cutting on Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik was also allegedly recovered from his housing association home.

A printout of a Wikipedia entry on the White Patriot Party was found in his drawers along with information on the BBB  - White Liberation Movement - a notorious South African neo-Nazi organisation.

The material featured in a series of photographs shown to jurors by prosecutor Richard Whittam QC.

Mair had allegedly collected a dossier on Mrs Cox in his home, including stories about her in newspapers, jurors heard.

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A photo of Jo Cox among flowers left in tribute to her, a week after her death

There was also a printout of her biography from her website, jurors were told.

Police found rune stones in a bag, one of which appeared to have a symbol of the BBB movement on it.

Mrs Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen was set upon outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, in front of her staff and shocked passers-by.

Mair allegedly shouted “Britain first” as he repeatedly shot and stabbed the mother-of-two.

On the afternoon of June 16, Mair’s neighbour Katie Green saw him as she got off a bus in the market place.

Ms Green had lived near Mair’s home for the past 13 years, she said. She told jurors he was “very quiet, very shy but did not see any visitors”.

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A sketch of Jo Cox's family in court: her father Gordon Leadbeater (left), sister Kim (centre, rear) and mother Jean (right)

Mair always kept his garden very tidy and spent a lot of time in it, she said.

Giving evidence via video-link from Leeds Crown Court, Ms Green described a brief encounter with Mair when she travelled to Birstall market place by bus.

When she got off the bus, she saw the defendant looking as if he was queuing to board, the court heard.

She said: “He was at the front of the queue looking like he was just waiting to get on to the bus.

“He had a pair of dark trousers and a dark green khaki jacket and dark cream baseball cap.

“He always carried bags. He had three or four bags. I saw him walk off.”

Within minutes, Ms Green said she heard about a gun incident and decided to abandon her shopping trip.

She said: “I was going to the market place for fruit and veg.

“I saw the commotion and I heard somebody say there is somebody with a gun so I got my little Gil straight into a taxi and came straight home.”

Mair denies Mrs Cox’s murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon - a dagger.

He also pleads not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Bernard Carter-Kenny on the same date.

The trial, which is due to last up to three weeks, continues.

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