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Suspected British MP Jo Cox’ Killer Charged with Murder

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Flowers surround a picture of Jo Cox during a vigil in Parliament Square on June 16, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. Jo Cox, 41, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was shot and stabbed by an attacker at her constituicency today in Birstall, England. A man also suffered slight injuries during the attack. Jo Cox was reportedly shot and stabbed while holding her weekly surgery at Birstall Library, Birstall near Leeds and later died. A 52-year old man has been arrested in connection with the crime. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 16: Flowers surround a picture of Jo Cox during a vigil in Parliament Square on June 16, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. Jo Cox, 41, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was shot and stabbed by an attacker at her constituicency today in Birstall, England. A man also suffered slight injuries during the attack. Jo Cox was reportedly shot and stabbed while holding her weekly surgery at Birstall Library, Birstall near Leeds and later died. A 52-year old man has been arrested in connection with the crime.

A man has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting of Labour MP Jo Cox, BBC reports.

Cox, was stabbed and shot as she was meeting constituents at a local library in Birstall, West Yorkshire. The attack came one week before Britain holds an in-out referendum on its EU membership.

Cox supported the Remain side, which, like the rival Leave camp, suspended its campaigning following her murder.

The suspect, Thomas Mair, 52, was charged with the murder of the 41-year-old. He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday and faces a number of other charges, including grievous bodily harm.

According to the police, other charges include possession of a firearm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.

The police in Cox’s West Yorkshire constituency had reviewed her security in the last three months after she “faced a string of security threats” and received threatening messages.

Police say there is no known link between the threats and Mair.

Cox, who was married with two children, was elected to represent Batley and Spen during the last general election in 2015.

According to the report, before entering politics, she had worked for various aid organisations including Oxfam and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Chief Constable Dee Collins said a 77-year-old man who was injured when he tried to save Cox remains in a stable condition in hospital.

 Photo Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

7 Comments

  1. Anon

    June 18, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Thomas Mair is a terrorist.

    • TeamJenny

      June 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      because he killed one person? You don’t know what terror means.

    • ??

      June 18, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      You are the one that doesn’t know what terror means.

  2. Very Unf

    June 18, 2016 at 10:52 am

    May her soul RIP.

    As someone pointed out on DM, if the man was a Muslim they would say this was an act of terror. But because the man was white they say he’s just a warped loner. Interesting how the media changes its stance depending on the colour of the killers skin.

  3. Oma

    June 18, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Yeah, I get you, but something informed the interesting way ‘the media changes its stance depending on the colour of the killers skin’
    You know what they say about experience and teaching

  4. Beat

    June 18, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    True. God forgive me, when I heard the new, I was just praying that the killer shouldn’t be a black person. She doesn’t deserve to died, she’s got so much to offer. May her soul rest in peace.

  5. FasholasLover

    June 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    The tributes have not stopped pouring in. I feel so sad. She is so young and a mother of young children too. What a waste of a brilliant life. In as much as I personally do not support jungle justice. However, l am also not comfortable with the way westerners treat mental illness. It is almost as if taking of life is one of those things. The law is somewhat lenient. You just watch how this is blamed on mental illness. This life. One minute you are here, the next minute, you are gone.

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