Jo Cox murder trial: 'Nazi material' found at accused's home

Nazi-related material was found when police raided the home of the man accused of killing the Labour MP Jo Cox, the Old Bailey has heard.

Officers found an SS officer’s book on race theory and mate selection, along with other white supremacist texts, when they raided the home of Thomas Mair after his arrest, the jury heard.

Mrs Cox died after she was shot three times and received 15 stab wounds in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on 16 June.

Mr Mair, 53, denies her murder.

Mr Mair, from Birstall, also denies grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon – a dagger.

The jury heard officers found a bookcase with a number of German military history books organised “very neatly” and an eagle ornament with a swastika on it.

They also found a book entitled March of the Titans: The Complete History of the White Race and a book on the “politics of the Holocaust”, among other texts.

A press cutting in relation to Anders Brevik, who murdered 77 people in twin attacks in Norway in July 2011, was also found, the court heard.

The material featured in a series of photographs shown to jurors by prosecutor Richard Whittam.

Mr Mair had also allegedly collected a dossier on Mrs Cox in his home, including stories about her in newspapers, jurors heard.

There was also a printout of Mrs Cox, who was MP for Batley and Spen, from her website, jurors were told.

In the months before Mrs Cox’s death, Mr Mair used computers at Birstall and Batley libraries to visit neo-Nazi websites such as the Daily Stormer, the court heard.

The jurors were told Mr Mair also searched for Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine black Americans in South Carolina in 2015, and accessed the Wikipedia pages for politicians William Hague and Jo Cox, as well as the Wikipedia page for Ian Gow – an MP who who died when the IRA detonated a bomb under his car.

Mr Mair’s neighbour of 13 years, Katie Green, also gave evidence via video-link and said she saw the defendant on 16 June as she got off a bus in Birstall market place.

She told jurors Mr Mair was “very quiet, very shy but did not see any visitors”, and he always kept his garden very tidy and spent a lot of time in it.

Ms Green said she saw the defendant when she got off the bus at Birstall market place.

Mr Mair was “at the front of the queue looking like he was just waiting to get on to the bus”, she told the court.

“He had a pair of dark trousers and a dark green khaki jacket and dark cream baseball cap,” she said.

“He always carried bags. He had three or four bags. I saw him walk off.”

Ms Green said that she then heard about a gun incident minutes afterwards and decided to abandon her shopping trip.

The hearing was adjourned until Tuesday morning.

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