He was one of three Teesside men arrested as the Met Police swooped on Wednesday, following violent clashes with police in Parliament Square

A Teesside man will face a crown court judge to be sentenced after taking part in a London demonstration which saw police officers attacked.

Three men in our region were arrested as the Met Police swooped in the early hours of Wednesday morning, after the violent protests in Parliament Square on June 13.

Two men from Middlesbrough, aged 44 and 40, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder linked to the demonstration and have been released under investigation while inquiries continue.

But a third, Jamie Dewing, was charged and appeared from custody at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.

The 31-year-old, of Wharton Place, Boosbeck, indicated a guilty plea to two charges – violent disorder and assault by beating of an emergency worker.

Dewing has been remanded in custody until he appears at Teesside Crown Court for sentence, at a date to be fixed.

Thousands marched on Parliament Square on June 13 as debate about historical monuments intensified, in the wake of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston being pulled down in Bristol during an earlier Black Lives Matter protest.

A statue of Winston Churchill in London was boarded up before the demonstration.

After the demo, Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the actions on display after officers were seen being punched and kicked.

And Andrew Banks, 28, of Stansted, Essex, has already been jailed after being photographed urinating at the Westminster memorial dedicated to PC Keith Palmer, during the protests.

PC Palmer, 48, was stabbed while on duty during the Westminster terror attack in March 2017.

The Met Police also confirmed on Wednesday that two London men, one aged 40 from Lewisham and another, aged 58 from Hammersmith and Fulham, were arrested in the early hours.

Since Saturday, six other men have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder linked to the protests and released under police investigation, as inquiries continue.

The Met Police says it has arrested 258 after disorder at a number of gatherings across the capital, including an unlicensed party in Brixton.

Commander Bas Javid, from the Metropolitan Police Service, said: “When London witnessed the frankly unacceptable levels of violence during recent protests we said those actions would have consequences.

“During clashes with police, a small minority targeted officers with racial abuse or violence – pelting them with bottles, rocks or other items… it was deeply frustrating seeing them being so senselessly assaulted.”

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A Millwall fan dubbed the ‘Lion of London Bridge’ after he fought off Islamic terrorists has been given a 21-day curfew for possessing amphetamines.

Roy Larner, 50, was repeatedly stabbed by Jihadis who killed eight and injured 48 others in London Bridge and Borough Market on 3 June 2017.

He famously roared “f**k you, I’m Millwall” as he fought with the killers.

But Larner was caught with two golf-ball sized packages of amphetamines when searched at Newington Butts in Elephant and Castle on January 21.

He was given a 21-day home curfew between 8pm and 6am as part of a community order for possession of the drugs.

Larner has suffered from PTSD and insomnia since he was stabbed in the terrorist attack, Croydon Magistrates’ Court heard.

District Judge Nigel McClean said: “This offence was aggravated by the fact that there was a more serious quantity involved.

“I’m going to make a stand alone community order of a 21-day curfew, you will be required to be at home from 8pm to 6am daily.”

Larner was spared jail in 2018 after a video emerged of him spitting at a black photographer and shouting abuse in Elephant and Castle.

The Millwall fan then launched into a racist outburst at his local MP’s office in Brixton.

He later admitted racially aggravated common assault and religiously aggravated harassment.

Larner was sentenced to eight weeks, suspended for 12 months, for spitting on the photographer and fined £50 for his abuse at the MP’s office.

He was also banned from visiting his MP’s office for two years.

After the London Bridge attack Larner moved to a caravan site outside Canterbury but was then caught with 230 grams of amphetamine on another occasion and handed a 12-month community order.

Larner was then arrested and taken into custody in March last year after he moved back into his mother’s home.

Larner, of Ledbury Street, Southwark, admitted possession of a class B drug and was sentenced to a 21-day curfew.

Daily Mirror

A stalker entered the private area of a hospital to harass his ex-wife and threatened to burn her house down.


Julian Proctor made his victim’s life a misery by breaching conditions not to contact her “literally hundreds of times.”

Leeds Crown court heard how the 50-year-old stalked his former partner for seven months after the breakdown of their 15-year relationship.

The marriage ended after years of Proctor being violent and controlling towards her.

On one occasion she suffered a fractured wrist as she jumped from a car to get away from him.

Bashir Ahmed, prosecuting, said the defendant has previous convictions for violence towards his wife.

In 2006 he was convicted of battery for breaking her nose.

Three years later, he was convicted of battery for grabbing her by the throat and squeezing until she almost passed out.

In October last year, police removed Proctor from the woman’s flat in Wakefield and arranged for the locks to be changed.

Proctor continued to refuse to accept that the relationship was over

He contacted his former partner on a daily basis by making phone phone calls and sending messages on WhatsApp and Facebook.

The defendant also sent and delivered flowers to her flat and to the hospital in Wakefield where she worked.

Mr Ahmed said Proctor would park outside the hospital and wait for her.

On one occasion he entered the hospital and accessed staff-only areas and her manager had to call security.

Proctor also resorted to blackmail by threatening to self-harm and burn her house down.

He was arrested but continued to stalk the woman while on police bail.

Proctor regularly followed her while she was shopping and even slept in his car outside her home.

He sent the victim messages saying: “I will follow you anywhere.”

On May 8 this year, Proctor sent her photos of him cutting his chest and wrists with a razor.

In his police interview, Procter denied the relationship had ended and said he loved the woman and wanted to talk to her.

He told officers: “Without (the victim) there is no life.”

In a statement to the court, the woman said she now suffers from anxiety and sleep problems.

She said she is always looking over her shoulder in case Procter is there and no longer leaves the house alone, which has affected her relationships.

She also described how she had resorted to sitting on her living room floor in the dark in hope that Proctor would think she was not at home.

Procter, of Drury Lane, Wakefield, pleaded guilty to stalking.

He has previous convictions for dishonesty, vehicle-related offences, making a threat to kill and affray.

Satpal Roth-Sharma, mitigating, said Proctor was abusing alcohol at the time of the offending.

He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Judge Simon Batiste told him: “It is clear you had no regard for the wishes of the complainant and the conditions of police bail had no real control of you because you were perfectly willing to breach those conditions literally hundreds of times.”

Wakefield Express

A march steward caused a brain injury to a stranger who he pushed to the ground when violence flared after a city centre protest.

Dean Lawrence, 42, had provided security for the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) during their march in Sunderland in September 2018, which was met with counter protesters on the day.

Newcastle Crown Court heard in the hours after the event, some of the attendees went drinking in bars.

Prosecutor Alec Burns told the court two men walking home from the pub, through a park behind Crowtree Leisure Centre, came under attack.

One victim, who had been at the counter-protest and had been involved in “banter” with the DFLA during the event, was punched to the ground and beaten by an unknown attacker.

His friend, who had not been at the march, was pushed to the ground by married dad-of-two Lawrence and left with four areas of intracranial bruising with bleeding on the brain.

Mr Burns told the court: “He pushed the complainant and knocked him to the ground. He had no time to react and wasn’t able to soften the blow and hit the ground with his head, which knocked him unconscious.”

The court heard Lawrence walked away and left his victim on the ground.

His victim spent three days in hospital, with an injury prosecutors said could potentially be fatal, and was unable to drive for seven months after the attack.

He said in an impact statement he was left with painful headaches and when out alone he is always “wondering if i’m going to be attacked again”.

He added: “I don’t think I will ever get over the psychological effect this had on me.

“I am trying to take each day as it comes in the hope that as time goes by it will become easier to deal with.”

Lawrence, of Aintree Close, Catshill, Bromsgrove, West Midlands, admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Judge Julie Clemitson sentenced him to 20 months behind bars, suspended for two years, with a £2,500 compensation order.

The judge told him: “You left, you walked away, you left him there without checking to see if he was alright.”

Judge Clemitson said Lawrence has since “distanced himself” from the DFLA organisation, has positive references, has never been in trouble before and is remorseful for the attack, which faced delay in being concluded in court.

The judge added that the current public health crisis had influence over her decision to suspend the jail term.

Steven Reed, defending, said Lawrence struggled to accept what he had done in the aftermath of the violence and was “scared”.

Mr Reed said Lawrence had been a steward at the march and had gone to the pub afterwards.

He adde: “In relation to the confrontation in the park, he went there with the intention of preventing a confrontation, not being involved in a confrontation.”

Mr Reed said Lawrence has raised money for charities supporting homelessness and autism and got himself “caught up through naivety”.

Sunderland Echo

A sadistic and predatory homosexual became a serial killer for fun, stabbing four men in murders which left him feeling “at peace”, a court was told yesterday.

Peter Moore’s wardrobe had strong Nazi influences, Alex Carlile, QC, for the prosecution, said at Mold Crown Court in north Wales. He liked to wear black leather when lurking at the meeting places of homosexuals. “The man in black – black thoughts and the blackest of deeds,” Mr Carlile said.

Moore, 50, of Kinmel Bay, Flintshire, admitted during protracted police questioning to more than 17 attacks over 20 years, none of them homicidal.

But in May 1994, his mother died, an event which may have triggered “an extremely ugly change in character”, Mr Carlile said.

Moore, owner of four small cinemas , denies four charges of murder. The killings were carried out during three months beginning in September last year.

Mr Carlile said Moore had met the victims by chance. He expected to be caught after ending his killing spree with the murder of his bank manager.

His first victim, Henry Roberts, 56, coincidentally shared with his killer an enthusiasm for Nazi paraphernalia. Mr Roberts tried to protest he was not Jewish as Moore launched 27 blows with a combat knife he had bought a few days earlier for pounds 25. The body was left in the yard outside Mr Roberts’ isolated home near Valley, Anglesey.

A month later, Keith Randles, 49, a security manager, opened the door of his caravan late at night on a construction site near Mona, Anglesey, to be attacked by Moore, who stabbed him 12 times. Moore later told police that when Mr Randles asked why he was being attacked, he was told it was for fun. “He looked nonplussed,” Moore allegedly had said.

In December, Tony Davies, 35, drove to Pensarn Beach near Colwyn Bay, a meeting place near his home for homosexual men. Moore told detectives that he had been cruising the area when he saw Mr Davies expose himself.

Mr Carlile said Moore killed him with six stabs. Blood found on the beach was matched by DNA profile to Moore. The wound had been caused as Mr Davies fought for his life.

When police searched Moore’s home, where he lived alone, they found property belonging to his victims in the house and in a garden pond. A knife bearing traces of the blood of a number of men was found in a bag belonging to Moore. It was similar to the blade scientific evidence would claim was used on the four men.

Moore’s other victim was killed between October and December 1995. Edward Carthy, 28, from Birkenhead, was a drug addict and drunk whom Moore met in a homosexual bar in Liverpool, Mr Carlile said. The pair drove to North Wales, Mr Carthy drunk but trying to escape from Moore’s van. He was stabbed to death and buried in dense forest near Ruthin. Moore later drew police a diagram locating the body, Mr Carlisle said.

He was a dominant homosexual, a violent and predatory sadist who drew sexual satisfaction from causing pain and suffering.

By day he appeared only to be an unremarkable businessman, Mr Carlile said. But he added: “The nocturnal Peter Moore was one of the most dangerous people ever to have set foot in Wales.”

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A man has been jailed for urinating at the Westminster memorial dedicated to PC Keith Palmer.

Andrew Banks, 28, of Stansted, Essex, was photographed during Saturday’s right-wing protests in London.

He was sentenced to 14 days in custody, after pleading guilty to outraging public decency at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

PC Palmer, 48, was stabbed while on duty during the Westminster attack on 22 March 2017.

He was one of five people murdered by Khalid Masood.

The image of Banks was widely shared on social media on Saturday as violent clashes between far-right protesters and police took place in central London.

The memorial for PC Keith Palmer was unveiled outside Parliament in 2018

Banks, a Tottenham Hotspur fan, said he had travelled to central London with other football supporters to “protect statues”, but admitted he did not know which statues.

He was said to have drunk 16 pints during Friday night into Saturday morning, and had not been to sleep.

Banks contacted police after being confronted by his father, the court heard.

Jailing Banks, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: “I accept you were drunk and did not know where you were urinating.

“Your explanation is you had 16 pints to drink, you hadn’t been to bed, and a group of football supporters were coming up to protect the monuments.

“The irony is rather than protecting the monuments, you almost urinated on one. That was more by luck than judgment.”

His counsel Stuart Harris said his client was “ashamed by his action”, and had mental health issues.

The act was widely condemned at the time by politicians including MP Tobias Ellwood, who gave first aid to PC Palmer as he lay dying in the grounds of Parliament.

Met Police Cdr Bas Javid said: “Keith Palmer was a brave police officer and the memorial stands testament to his courage.

“Banks’ actions, in stark contrast, were unpleasant and extremely upsetting to PC Palmer’s family and colleagues.

“While I note that Banks did not act with intent, I welcome the sentence handed down by the court for his thoughtless and distasteful behaviour.”

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Daniel John Allan, pleaded guilty to one count of violent disorder against a police officer at Westminster Magistrates’ Court

A Sunderland man has admitted attacking a police officer during a day of violence in central London.

Daniel John Allan was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday for violence as right-wing protesters, Black Lives Matter supporters and the police clashed on Saturday.

Allan, a father of two from Ridley Terrace, in Sunderland, was arrested on Saturday after kicking a policeman in the back.

He was later spotted in the crowd due to his “distinctive appearance” – a pair of luminous shorts, the court heard.

Allan, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of violent disorder against a police officer and will be sentenced at a later date.

Jennifer Gatland, prosecuting, said Allan travelled from his home as groups of right-wing protesters sought to protect statues around Whitehall and Trafalgar Square.

She said Allan “kicked out” at a policeman from behind, “suddenly and without provocation”.

He was later spotted due to his distinctive attire.

Remanding Allan into custody, District Judge Nicholas Rimmer said: “The seriousness of your conduct consists of being part of wider protesters in which missiles were thrown.

“You personally kicked out at (the police sergeant), that appears to have catalysed the violence.”

Eleanor Fraser, for Allan, said he has a previous conviction for violence in 2010, and suffered with depression and anxiety.

The court heard he had a panic attack upon arrest, and then in police custody.

Saturday’s far-right demonstration took place after thousands of anti-racist protesters marched in multiple events sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in the US last month.

The Chronicle

Daniel Allan had threatened to burn the family out of their home while drunk then smashed his way in during a Sunday morning raid in Sunderland

A burglar threatened to take two young children hostage after smashing his way into his ex partner’s home.

Daniel Allan had bombarded his former girlfriend with around 50 missed calls early on a Sunday morning while drunk.

When she eventually answered, he was abusive and told her he was coming round to put her windows out and said he would “burn all of them out of the house”.

Allan then turned up at the woman’s home in Sunderland and when she wouldn’t let him in, he broke her bathroom window and climbed in.

The thug then took the woman’s phone off her as she alerted police and made threats to take two young children hostage.

Now the 32-year-old, who has 110 previous convictions, has been jailed for 12 months at Newcastle Crown Court.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said it was early on Sunday January 15 that Allan started hounding his 38-year-old ex.

He told the court: “They had been in a relationship for some time and she describes the relationship as sometimes volatile and not without difficulties.

“There are no allegations of him being violent but he did threaten violence and that brought the relationship to an end.

“Early on the morning of Sunday January 15 she was at home in Sunderland when she received, from 5.30am, a number of attempts to contact her by phone.

“She knew, owing to the time of day, there was every likelihood he would be drunk.

“Almost 50 calls were received from him before she answered the phone.”

The court heard Allan was ranting at the woman and calling her names but the abuse then took a more sinister tone.

Mr Wardlaw said: “He said he was coming round to her address to put her windows out and would burn all of them out of the address.

“She ignored further calls and contacted the police because of her concerns.

“The defendant did attend her address and tried to get in.

“She refused access and he then went round to the rear of the address, broke a window and climbed in.

“She was on the phone to the police and he approached her and took the phone from her to prevent the call to the police continuing.

“A young child had woken up and he took hold of the child in his arms before leaving the address. He was drunk at the time.

“He had made threats to take the children hostage.”

Allan, of Ridley Terrace, Hendon, Sunderland, tried to hide from police nearby but was found and arrested.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “You threatened to put her windows out and burn the family out of the property.

“You went round to the house and she, quite rightly, refused you entry to the house, so you went to the rear of the house, broke the bathroom window and climbed in.

“She had already contacted the police out of fear about what you might do if you came to the house.

“You took (the young child) in your arms and threatened her that you would take the children hostage.

“I regard the unpleasant and frightening threats you made to her as an aggravating feature of this offence.

“This is a serious offence and there must have been great fear occasioned to the victim and the two children.”

Andrew Walker, defending, said Allan had been a frequent visitor to the house and had lived there some of the time.

He added: “He was distraught at the end of the relationship.

“There was no intention to harm anyone.

“He fears he was spiked in his consumption of alcohol that night. He can’t explain why he behaved as he did.

“This is not a typical house burglary.”

The Chronicle

Miss Hitler pageant entrant Alice Cutter and her ex-partner Mark Jones were sentenced alongside Garry Jack and Connor Scothern.

Four neo-Nazi “diehards” convicted of being members of the banned terrorist group National Action have been jailed.

Former Miss Hitler beauty pageant contestant Alice Cutter and her Nazi-admiring former partner Mark Jones were convicted of membership of a terrorist group after a trial in March, alongside co-accused Garry Jack and Connor Scothern.

Sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday, Judge Paul Farrer QC told Jones he had played “a significant role in the continuation of the organisation”, after its ban in December 2016.

Turning to Cutter, he said: “You never held an organisational or leadership role”, but added she was a “trusted confidante” of one the group’s leaders, as well as being in a “committed relationship” with Jones.

Extreme right-wing group National Action (NA), labelled “racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic” by the then-home secretary Amber Rudd, was banned in December 2016 after a series of rallies and incidents, including praise of the murder of MP Jo Cox.

Cutter, 23, who entered the Miss Hitler beauty contest as Miss Buchenwald – a reference to the Second World War death camp – had denied ever being a member, despite attending the group’s rallies, in which banners reading “Hitler was right” were raised.

Jurors were also shown messages in which the waitress joked about gassing synagogues, using a Jew’s head as a football, and exclaiming “Rot in hell, bitch”, after hearing of Ms Cox’s murder.

Jones, a former member of the British National Party’s youth wing and a rail engineer, was described at trial as a “leader and strategist” who played a “prominent and active role”.

The 25-year-old, originally the group’s London regional organiser, acknowledged posing for a photograph while delivering a Nazi-style salute and holding an NA flag in Buchenwald’s execution room during a trip to Germany in 2016.

Prosecutors described Cutter and Jones, both of Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, as well as Jack and Scothern as “active” group members, even after the ban.

Jack, 24, of Heathland Avenue, Shard End, Birmingham, had attended almost every meeting of NA’s Midlands sub-group.

He also had a previous conviction, from before the group was banned for plastering Birmingham’s Aston University campus with NA’s racially charged stickers, some reading “Britain is ours, the rest must go.”

Scothern, 19, of Bagnall Avenue, Nottingham, was “considered future leadership material” and had distributed almost 1,500 stickers calling for a “final solution” – in reference to the Nazis’ genocide against Jews.

Cutter was jailed for three years, while Jones received a five-and-a-half-year prison term.

Jack was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison, and Scothern was handed a sentence of detention for 18 months.

Speaking ahead of sentencing, the director of public prosecutions Max Hill QC described NA members as “diehards” who “hark back to the days of not just anti-Semitism, but the Holocaust, the Third Reich in Germany”.
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Unemployed gardener, 53, given whole-life sentence for murder of MP that judge said was inspired by white supremacism

An extreme rightwing terrorist has been sentenced to prison for the rest of his life for the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox after a seven-day Old Bailey trial in which he made no effort to defend himself.

Thomas Mair repeatedly shot and stabbed Cox in an attack during the EU referendum campaign in June. While attacking her he was saying: “This is for Britain”, “keep Britain independent”, and “Britain first”, the court heard.

The judge said Mair would have to serve a whole-life sentence due to the “exceptional seriousness” of the offence: a murder committed to advance a cause associated with Nazism.

Mr Justice Wilkie refused Mair’s request to address the court, saying he had already had opportunities to explain himself, and had not done so.

Cox, the judge told Mair, was not only a “passionate, open-hearted, inclusive and generous” person, but a true patriot. He, on the other hand “affected to be a patriot”.

“It is evident from your internet searches that your inspiration is not love of country or your fellow citizens, it is an admiration for Nazis and similar anti-democratic white supremacist creeds,” Wilkie said. “Our parents’ generation made huge sacrifices to defeat those ideas and values in the second world war. What you did … betrays those sacrifices.”

Mair had “betrayed the quintessence of our country, its adherence to parliamentary democracy”. By not having the courage to admit his crime, the judge added, he had forced the prosecution to prove their case in detail, which “no doubt deliberately”had increased the anguish of his victim’s family.

Mair struck on 16 June after Cox got out of a car in Birstall, a small market town in West Yorkshire that was part of her Batley and Spen constituency. He shot her twice in the head and once in the chest with a sawn-off .22 hunting rifle before stabbing her 15 times.

The MP died shortly afterwards in the back of an ambulance, despite emergency surgery. She was 41, and the mother of two children, then aged five and three.

Evidence quickly gathered by police, including books found at Mair’s home and an examination of his online activities, showed him to be obsessed with the Nazis, notions of white supremacy and apartheid-era South Africa.

He underwent an examination by a psychiatrist, who could find no evidence that he was not responsible for his actions as a consequence of poor mental health.

Mair was also found guilty of grievous bodily harm against a passerby, Bernard Carter-Kenny, a retired coal miner who was stabbed when he came to Cox’s aid, possession of a firearm with intent and possession of a dagger. The jury took just over 90 minutes to reach its verdicts.

Mair showed no reaction as the judge denied his request to address the court and was led to the cells. Brendan Cox, the MP’s grieving husband, watched as other family members hugged and wiped away tears.

Earlier, Mair had rolled his eyes as Brendan Cox read a statement to the court in which he paid tribute to his wife and said the family had no interest in her killer.

“We feel nothing but pity for him; that his life was so devoid of love that his only way of finding meaning was to attack a defenceless woman who represented the best of our country in an act of supreme cowardice.”

Speaking outside the Old Bailey after the verdicts, he added: “To the world, Jo was a member of parliament, a campaigner, an activist and many other things. But first and foremost she was a sister, a daughter, an auntie, a wife, and above all a mum to two young children who love her with all their being.

“All their lives they have been enveloped in her love, excited by her energy and inspired by her example. We try now not to focus on how unlucky we were to have her taken from us, but how lucky we were to have her in our lives for so long.”

He also thanked the hundreds of people – on the day of the murder, and the weeks that followed – for their bravery and compassion. “This has been Britain at its best – compassionate, courageous and kind. It’s given us great strength and solace.”

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said the murder was “an attack on democracy, and has robbed the world of an ambassador of kindness and compassion”.

Amber Rudd, the home secretary, said the murder was a “shocking and senseless” attack on the values of democracy and tolerance. “I am determined that we challenge extremism in all its forms including the evil of far-right extremism and the terrible damage it can cause to individuals, families and communities.”

After the verdicts, Sue Hemming, head of special crime and counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Mair has offered no explanation for his actions but the prosecution was able to demonstrate that, motivated by hate, his premeditated crimes were nothing less than acts of terrorism designed to advance his twisted ideology.”

Following the verdicts, Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, told the court that Mair had committed a terrorism offence when he murdered Cox, although the jury had not been told that he was regarded as a terrorist.

There were two reasons for this. Mair was charged with murder, which is a crime under common law and not an offence under counter-terrorism legislation; and the jury was only to be asked to decide whether or not Mair had committed the crime of murder. It was not asked to consider his motivation.

Prosecutors acknowledge privately that the febrile atmosphere in which the EU referendum campaign was waged appears certain to have contributed to Mair’s decision to murder his MP, but this played no part in their case. There was no need to refer to the referendum in order to establish his guilt.

The evidence against the 53-year-old unemployed gardener had been overwhelming. He lived in Birstall and witnesses to the attack included people who had known him all his life. The incident was also captured on CCTV, as was his escape.

Police later found that a library of far-right literature in his bedroom, including books on the Nazis and white supremacism. On top of the bookshelf was a gold-coloured Third Reich eagle with a swastika.

Examination of his browsing history revealed that he had been searching for material about the British national party, apartheid, the Ku Klux Klan, prominent Jewish people, Israel and matricide.

In his closing speech, Whittam said Cox had been the victim of a cowardly attack. “The sheer brutality of her murder and the utter cowardice of her murderer bring the two extremities of humanity face to face,” he said.

Mair never admitted the offences, but nor did he deny them. When he appeared at the Old Bailey last month via videolink from Belmarsh prison in south-east London, he refused to enter a plea. He made clear that he could see and hear what was happening in court, but when asked how he pleaded, he stared down the camera and said nothing. During the trial he did not offer a defence.

As a consequence, not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf to all four charges, as required by law.

Each day during the trial, Mair remained immobile and impassive, staring straight ahead and rarely looking around. He used a notepad, but instead of making notes about the trial, he could be seen to be writing down the names of people in court whom he recognised: a TV journalist, an MP from a neighbouring constituency and a member of Cox’s family.

It was, an observer said, as though he was recording the identities of the people who had come to see him have his day in court.

Speaking from the witness box after the verdict had been announced Cox’s husband said Mair had failed. “The killing of Jo was in my view a political act, an act of terrorism,” he told the court. “But in the history of such acts it was perhaps the most incompetent and self-defeating. An act driven by hatred, which instead has created an outpouring of love. An act designed to drive communities apart which has instead pulled them together. An act designed to silence a voice which instead has allowed millions of others to hear it.

“Jo is no longer with us, but her love, her example and her values live on. For the rest of our lives we will not lament how unlucky we were to have her taken from us, but how unbelievably lucky we were to have her in our lives for so long.”

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