Jo Cox murder suspect appears in court by video

Thomas Mair is accused of shooting and stabbing the British Labour politician

A tribute to murdered British Labour MP Jo Cox  in Birstall, northern England. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

A tribute to murdered British Labour MP Jo Cox in Birstall, northern England. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

 

The man accused of murdering British Labour MP Jo Cox made a brief appearance via videolink at London’s Old Bailey criminal court on Monday, speaking only to confirm his name.

Thomas Mair was remanded in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey again on Thursday.

At an initial hearing in a lower court on Saturday, Mair said his name was “death to traitors, freedom for Britain”.

At Monday’s hearing, when asked if he was Thomas Mair, he said, “Yes I am.”

The murder of Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two children, has shocked the UK, eliciting condolences from leaders across the world and raising questions about the tone of campaigning before the referendum on EU membership which takes place on Thursday.

Cox, an ardent supporter of EU membership, was shot and stabbed in the street in her electoral district in northern England last Thursday.

Recovery

Meanwhile, the pensioner who tried to save MP Jo Cox has been released from hospital as calls grow for him to be officially honoured for his bravery.

Bernard Kenny (77) was stabbed in the stomach as he came to the aid of Ms Cox when she was attacked outside the library in the centre of Birstall on Thursday.

The former miner was discharged from hospital on Monday, West Yorkshire Police said.

An online petition has been set up calling on the British government to award Mr Kenny the George Cross - the highest bravery honour that can be given to non-military personnel.

On Monday morning, it had been signed by more than 3,000 people.

Reuters