Brendan Cox recalls what he was told after the death of his wife, who was killed by neo-Nazi Thomas Mair in June last year, in ‘Jo Cox: More in Common’, serialised in the Mirror.
“We learned some predictable facts during the prosecution account when the trial opened at the Old Bailey on November 14, 2016. The defendant had connections with white racist groups from around the world.
“His home in West Yorkshire was studded with Nazi memorabilia.
“In the days before he murdered Jo, he had spent time in Birstall Library searching the internet for information about the Waffen SS – the armed wing of the Nazi Party, the Ku Klux Klan, as well as serial killers and matricide (his racism has been tied back to his mum’s relationship with a black man when he was growing up).
“He viewed website pages about guns and the use of .22 ammunition. We knew about the last moments of Jo’s life, too.”
He adds: “Before sentencing, I spoke for Jo.
“As I started to speak, I turned to the defendant and looked straight at him. He jerked his head away from me even before I began to talk, unable to maintain eye contact. He looked pathetic. I spoke at him: ‘We are not here to plead for retribution. We have no interest in the perpetrator.
“’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.'”
Mrs Cox was the first MP to be killed since Ian Gow was killed by the IRA in 1990.