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'Death to traitors, freedom for Britain': Cox murder suspect

Thomas Mair, 52, appeared at Westminster Magistrates\' Court in London charged with murder.

Published: 18th June 2016 05:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th June 2016 05:28 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

LONDON:  The man charged with the brutal street killing of UK's first-time woman lawmaker JO Cox today gave his name as "death to traitors, freedom for Britain" when he appeared in a court here, as the EU referendum campaigning was suspended nationally until tomorrow in tribute to her.

Thomas Mair, 52, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London charged with murder and grievous bodily harm.

He has also been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

Mair, who was wearing a grey, police issue tracksuit, refused to give his correct name and did not reply when asked to confirm his address and date of birth.

Asked at the court to confirm his name, Mair said: "My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain." The judge then asked his lawyers to confirm his name, which they did.

Mair was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday.

Cox, a mother-of-two, was shot and stabbed to death in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday afternoon. The 41-year-old lawmaker was attending a regular constituency meeting when her assailant described as a far-right loner with mental health issues and neo-Nazi link struck.

A 77-year-old man, who came to the aid of Cox, was also injured and remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Vigils were held across the country last evening in memory of the Labour MP and Parliament will be recalled on Monday to allow MPs to pay further tributes.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Cox's Batley and Spen constituency vyesterday in a rare joint appearance.

Meanwhile, the EU referendum campaigning has been suspended nationally until Sunday, with less than a week before polling day, after the fatal attack on Cox.

The Remain and Leave groups, which have not campaigned since Thursday, have cancelled events planned for today.

"The campaign will continue to suspend all its planned national campaign events, street stalls, and rallies tomorrow as a mark of respect for the tragic murder of Jo Cox," Will Straw, executive director of pro-Remain Britain Stronger in Europe, said in a statement.

Vote Leave yesterday said it "will be suspending major campaign events tomorrow such as the planned rally in Birmingham". It, however, added that "low key campaigning like leafleting at a local level is likely to take place."

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