LONDON (Reuters) - The man accused of murdering member of parliament Jo Cox in the run-up to Britain’s June EU referendum vote will not present a defense case based on medical evidence, a London court heard on Monday.
Thomas Mair, 52, is accused of shooting and stabbing Cox, of the opposition Labour Party, as she arrived for a meeting with residents in the northern English town of Birstall, part of her electoral district.
A 77-year-old man who came to her aid was also stabbed.
At London’s Old Bailey court, defense lawyer Nelson Cairns said Mair’s case would not run a medical defense. That could involve arguments such as, for example, that he had diminished responsibility due to a medical condition.
The murder of Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two young children and former aid worker, occurred just a week before the referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU.
The killing of the pro-EU lawmaker horrified Britain and led to the suspension of campaigning for several days.
At a court hearing shortly after his arrest, Mair said his name was “death to traitors, freedom for Britain”.
He is charged with murder, causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a gun and a knife.
He is due to enter a plea on Oct. 4 and his trial, which is being handled under terrorism protocols, is scheduled to start on Nov. 14.
Reporting by Michael Holden, writing by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison
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