A far-right extremist with an extensive collection of Nazi memorabilia has been found guilty of the June murder of British lawmaker Jo Cox, which took place during the country’s Brexit campaign, according to multiple reports.
According to CNN, 53-year-old Thomas Mair was convicted of murder and of “possessing a firearm and a dagger with intent to cause an offense and grievous bodily harm.” Mair declined to take the stand during his trial, and The Telegraph reports that the jury reached its verdict in an hour and a half.
NBC News reports Mair ambushed Cox, a 41-year-old supporter of Britain’s campaign to stay in the European Union, outside her constituency office in northern England, where he stabbed her 15 times and shot her three times. She died shortly afterwards despite the efforts of paramedics, according to CNN.
The attack occurred one week before the European Union referendum. The Nazi sympathizer shouted “Britain first” during the attack, according to The Telegraph.
Cox, a mother of two young children, was a strong supporter of Britain’s “Remain” campaign and was an advocate of immigrants, women and children. According to CNN, she yelled, “Let him hurt me, don’t let him hurt you,” to bystanders of the attack.
The Telegraph reports that Cox’s parents, Jean and Gordon Leadbeater, nodded as the verdict was read.
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Brendan Cox, the victim’s husband, told the court that Mair was “cowardice personified,” The Telegraph reports. “The killing was in my view a political act and an act of terrorism. An act driven by hatred which has instead promoted an outpouring of love,” he said in a statement.
Mair’s sentencing will be at a later date, CNN reports.