Who killed Jo Cox and where is Thomas Mair now?

Who killed Jo Cox and where is Thomas Mair now?


JO Cox's politically-charged murder left a nation reeling and came just days before Britain was divided by the EU Referendum.

Amid ongoing battles over Brexit, the MP's bravery continues to ring on as a reminder of unity. Here's what we know about Thomas Mair, the man who cut her life tragically short.

Who is Thomas Mair, Jo Cox's killer?

Thomas Mair is a white supremacist who killed the Labour MP in a “planned and pre-meditated murder” days before the EU referendum.

Born on August 12, 1963, in Kilmarnock, Scotland, Mair was brought up by his maternal grandmother Helen Mair.

When his grandmother died in 1996, he lived alone at their old address close to the scene of the shooting in Birstall.

Mair, an unemployed gardener, has a half-brother Duane St Louis and a brother, Scott Mair.

Where is Thomas Mair now?

In November 2016, Mair was given a whole life sentence at the Old Bailey due to the "exceptional seriousness" of his crimes.

A judge at the Old Bailey said his offence was so grave he could only be freed by the Secretary of State.

He's understood to be locked up in County Durham, where he has a single cell in the high-security jail.

Mair is believed to be one of 67 prisoners serving a whole-life tariff.

What happened to Jo Cox?

Married mum-of-two Jo was attacked at around 1pm on June 16, 2016, as she made her way to a constituency meeting on Market Street, Birstall.

She suffered knife wounds to her heart, lungs, stomach and liver before being blasted three times through her hands with a sawn-off gun as she tried to protect her head.

Heroic Jo warned her two aides to stay back and told them “let him hurt me, don’t let him hurt you” as she was brutally murdered.

What were Mair's political views?

A jury found Mair had gone online to look up Tory Ian Gow — the last sitting MP murdered when he was killed by the IRA in 1990 — and Tory Yorkshire MP William Hague who, like Labour’s Mrs Cox, backed Remain.

He also carried out searches on a “far-Right” internet publication, the Ku Klux Klan and whether his .22 gun was “deadly enough to kill with one shot to a human’s head”.

He looked at Nazi material, the act of killing one’s mother, the death penalty in Japan and serial killers, the court heard. And the night before the killing he looked up coffins, lying in state and the Waffen SS.

He told police he was a “political activist” before he was rugby tackled to the ground a mile from the murder scene.

Mair had a leaflet in his bag from the pro-EU Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, which Jo supported.

He was heard shouting: “This is for Britain, Britain will always come first.”

Another witness said the killer shouted: “We’re British independence” and “Keep Britain independent.”

What did police find in Mair's home?

A trial heard a Third Reich golden eagle featuring a swastika was found on top of his bookcase.

Police also found Nazi badges and a "Deutschland" cap, as well as far-Right and white supremacist books and magazines.

The books which lined his shelves included March of the Titans: A History of White Race and SS Race Theory and Mate Selection Guidelines.

The Old Bailey also heard the search unearthed press cuttings on Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik and a dossier on Mrs Cox.

The court heard police also recovered computer printouts containing information Jo, including one statement in which she had said: “I believe the patriotic choice is to vote for ‘Britain to remain inside the EU’.”

Why did Thomas Mair kill Jo Cox?

Mair killed the Labour MP due to his political views.

During his murder trial, the judge remarked: "There is no doubt that this murder was done for the purpose of advancing a political, racial and ideological cause namely that of violent white supremacism and exclusive nationalism most associated with Nazism and its modern forms."

When asked to confirm his name early in the case, Mair said: "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain."

Mair was once a supporter of the National Front –  a party whose main policy was to repatriate all non-white migrants – and he collected tonnes of far-right memorabilia.

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