A judge sentenced the domestic terrorist Thomas Mair to life imprisonment for murder of Jo Cox, calling him a white supremacist with links to Nazism.
Just after he was found guilty, Thomas Mair asked asked through his lawyer to address the court.
But the judge refused to grant him that request.
The Judge told Mair:
In the true meaning of the word she [Jo Cox] was a patriot.
You affect to be a patriot. The words you uttered repeatedly [‘Britain First’] when you killed her gave lip service to that concept. Those sentiments can be legitimate and can have resonance but in your mouth, allied to your actions, they are tainted and made toxic.
It is clear from your internet and other researches that your inspiration is not love of country or your fellow citizens, it is an admiration for Nazism, and similar anti-democratic white supremacist creeds where democracy and political persuasion are supplanted by violence towards and intimidation of opponents and those who, in whatever ways, are thought to be different and, for that reason, open to persecution.
Read his full address to Mair from here.
Mair was being prosecuted as a terrorist, as said in the preliminary hearing, but he was charged with murder rather than under counter-terrorism legislation.
The jury was told that this murder was ideologically and politically motivated.
Some media outlets have now labelled him a ‘terrorist’, but the Daily Mail headline described him as a “loner”.
That description is rarely used for Muslims.