Court: Accused in British lawmaker's murder should see psychiatrist

A magistrate has said the man accused of killing British lawmaker Jo Cox should be assessed by a psychiatrist after he said his name was "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain" in a London court on Saturday, the Press Association reported.

"Bearing in mind the name he has just given, he ought to be seen by a psychiatrist," Deputy Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said in Westminster Magistrates' Court as she remanded Thomas Mair, 52, in custody in Belmarsh prison on the outskirts of London.

Mair stayed silent when asked for his address and date of birth and did not enter a plea, the Press Association reported.

He is due to appear at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, usually called the Old Bailey after the London street on which it is located, on Monday.

The Press Association reported that Mair was dressed in a grey jumper, tracksuit bottoms and black shoes.

Mair from Birstall in West Yorkshire in the north of England was in court for shooting and stabbing Cox, 41, to death on Thursday as she was working in her Batley and Spen constituency, in which Birstall is located.

West Yorkshire police said they had charged Mair "with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon."

Police had said earlier they were investigating Mair for links to right-wing extremist groups and were also looking into claims he was mentally disturbed.

British media had reported that Mair had contacted Nazi organizations in the United States.

Last update: Sat, 18/06/2016 - 13:55
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