Thomas Mair guilty of Jo Cox's murder

Thomas Mair killed Jo Cox on June 16 Credit: PA

Far right fanatic Thomas Mair has been found guilty of murdering the Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.

The 53-year-old was convicted unanimously by a jury, who took around 90 minutes to reach their verdict. He showed no emotion as it was read out.

Mair shouted "Britain first, this is for Britain" as he shot and stabbed the 41-year-old mother of two near her constituency surgery on June 16 – just a week before the EU Referendum.

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Having remained silent when interviewed by police, Mair refused to respond when the charges were put to him in court. A 'not guilty' plea was entered on his behalf.

He also declined to give evidence in his defence at the Old Bailey during an eight-day trial.

The jury heard Mair was a 'loner' who had Nazi regalia and far-right literature, including a manual on how to make a homemade pistol, in his home in the Fieldhead estate.

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He was also known to have bought books from a US-based neo-Nazi group, including guides on how to build homemade guns and explosives. Among them was a manual on how to make a homemade pistol.

Mair had carried out internet searches on Mrs Cox, a vocal campaigner for the Remain side in the referendum campaign.

On the day before the murder, he went to the library at Birstall, and searched for the Ku Klux Klan and people murdered by them, material about Hitler’s Waffen SS, coffins, lying in repose, lying in state and pauper’s funerals.

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Mair, who at previous court appearances had given his name as 'death to traitors, freedom for Britain', also stabbed Bernard Kenny, who tried to intervene when he saw Mrs Cox being attacked.

As well as murder he was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and firearms offences.

He will be sentenced later.