A Nazi-obsessed murderer has been found guilty of brutally slaughtering MP Jo Cox in a “callous assassination” in the street.
The Sun reports that Thomas Mair, 53, shot and stabbed the mum-of-two outside her electorate office in Birstall, West Yorkshire, a week before June’s EU referendum.
The jury took just over an hour to deliver its verdict.
Lone wolf Mair radicalized himself in far-right internet binges at his local library then struck with terrifying precision in the two-minute cowardly attack.
He nearly killed brave Bernard Kenny, 77, after plunging a dagger into his chest when he tried to save Cox.
And it was only the bravery of passer-by Darren Playford who gave cops live updates to his movements and appearance to stop him hurting anyone else.
Mair was charged with murder because the offense was easier to prove, but authorities left no doubt it was a terror attack in comments following conviction today.
Cox’s husband Brendan Cox described his wife’s killer as “Cowardice personified” in a tweet after attending court for the first time in the trial yesterday.
Mair yesterday refused to give evidence at the trial and sat slack-jawed in the dock while his silk Simon Russell Flint QC told the hearing of his decision.
The Old Bailey earlier heard that when police searched Mair’s Birstall home on the day of the murder on June 16, they found a Third Reich golden eagle featuring a swastika on top of his bookcase.
Cops also found Nazi badges and a “Deutschland” cap, as well as a large collection of far-Right and white supremacist books and magazines.
Titles included March of the Titans: A History of the White Race and SS Race Theory and Mate Selection Guidelines.
The court was told the search unearthed press cuttings on Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik and a dossier on Cox.
Jurors were shown printouts found at the home of Thomas Mair which contained information about the 41-year-old politician.
The Old Bailey was told police also recovered computer printouts containing information about Cox, including one statement in which she had said: “I believe the patriotic choice is to vote for ‘Britain to remain inside the EU’.”
Mair always denied the brutal attack on Cox.
The Labour MP for Batley and Spen suffered 15 stab wounds and three gunshot injuries in the attack on June 16, while hero pensioner Bernard Kenny, 78, was knifed once as he tried to intervene.
One bullet hole showed she placed her left hand over her face as the gun was fired.
Cox’s tights had holes in the knees suggesting she had tried to crawl away from her attacker, jurors were told.
The court earlier heard that she had shouted at her aides to escape, saying: “Let him hurt me, don’t let him hurt you”.
The court heard Mair had lived alone in his council house in Birstall, West Yorkshire, since 1996.
Police seized computers from libraries in Birstall and Batley which Mair had used to look at more far-right material and search for information on Cox and .22 rifles.
On April 6, he looked at the American neo-Nazi news site Daily Stormer before searching for Dylann Roof, who was suspected of killing nine black Americans in Charleston in 2015, the court heard.
He also allegedly searched for the Ku Klux Klan, former BNP leaders, and matricide, the court heard.
Neighbor Katie Green, who had lived near the man she knows as ‘Tommy’ for 13 years told jurors: “[He was] very quiet, very shy and I didn’t see any visitors.”
She said Mair was a very keen gardener who spent a lot of time outside maintaining his own and other people’s gardens.
Ms Green said her neighbor, who would almost always wear a baseball cap, had once cut the grass at her house.
Giving evidence by videolink from Leeds Crown Court, the mother said she had seen Mair on the morning of Cox’s murder.
“He had a pair of dark trousers on, a dark khaki jacket and a cream baseball cap,” she said, adding that he was carrying three or four bags.
“He always carried bags.”
This article originally appeared in The Sun