Murder of Jo Cox

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Murder of Jo Cox
Library and Information Centre - Market Street, Birstall - geograph.org.uk - 491799.jpg
Cox was killed outside Birstall library
LocationMarket Street, Birstall, West Yorkshire, England
Coordinates53°43′53″N 1°39′40″W / 53.7315°N 1.66098°W / 53.7315; -1.66098Coordinates: 53°43′53″N 1°39′40″W / 53.7315°N 1.66098°W / 53.7315; -1.66098
Date16 June 2016
c. 12:53 p.m. (BST)
Attack type
Assassination, domestic terrorism
Weapons
  • Modified .22 hunting rifle
  • 1 knife
Deaths1 (Jo Cox)
Non-fatal injuries
1 (Bernard Carter-Kenny)
PerpetratorThomas Mair
MotiveCox's support for the European Union and immigration[1]

British Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen Jo Cox was killed after being shot and stabbed many times on 16 June 2016. Thomas Alexander Mair, a 53-year-old gardener, was found guilty of the murder in September. He held far-right views and attacked her because she supported the European Union and immigration.[2] He was sentenced to life imprisionment with a whole life order.[3][4]

This was the first time a sitting MP had been killed since 1990, when Ian Gow was killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army.

References[change | change source]

  1. Cobain, Ian; Parveen, Nazia; Taylor, Matthew (23 November 2016). "The slow-burning hatred that led Thomas Mair to murder Jo Cox". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 23 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  2. Cobain, Ian; Parveen, Nazia; Taylor, Matthew (23 November 2016). "The slow-burning hatred that led Thomas Mair to murder Jo Cox". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  3. "Man guilty of murdering MP Jo Cox". BBC News. 23 November 2016. Archived from the original on 23 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  4. Mr Justice Wilkie (23 November 2016). "R v Thomas Mair: Sentencing Remarks of Mr Justice Wilkie" (PDF). Courts and Tribunals Judiciary. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.