The Trial of ‘Thomas Mair’
The judgment on 23rd November, 7th day of the trial, sentenced Mair to life-imprisonment.
This trial would have made judges of old turn in their graves. What, no defence? Not a word from the accused, not even as to whether he was guilty or not? No sign of any dead body? Was it hacked to death and no drop of blood to be seen?
I heard the jury being told that they could not be shown photos of the actual corpse, because it might upset them, and instead would only be shown computer-generated images.
‘Habeus corpus,’ a most basic concept of British justice, translates as, ‘have you got the body?’ That is necessary for a murder trial to proceed. In this case we have seen no pictures of Jo cox’s dead body, nor any credible-looking death certificate from a coroner or receipt from Leeds General Infirmary of receipt of the body, somewhere around 1.40 on 16.6.16. There is no body, there is no blood.
Trial and verdict via media had totally prejudged the case before the court even opened.
Who was the man sitting in the Old Bailey court 8 for six days, looking utterly bored and uninterested? Even when CCTV was shown of allegedly him hacking someone to death, I saw him not bother to look up. Nobody asked a witness to identify him, no-one asked him to swear on oath as to who he was. They could have easily given us evidence that his DNA matched that found in Thomas Mair’s home, had they wished: but did not. Was he some police agent? Maybe he was silent because, although a lookalike, his voice would not have sounded like Mair.
Here is the one and only picture the world was shown on T.M. after the event, compared with (a) an earlier student I.D. of his, (b) the picture of the man on trial, (c) a CCTV image shown at the trial, supposedly taken just before the murder.TM recent police picIf I may quote the view of H.T. (who collected these 4 images): “To me that [the student I.D.] does look like the gardener’s face, but not so much like the interviewed person, nor the police pic, nor the CCTV attacker. Can we demand CCTV moving footage somehow, that the still was taken from?” She noted that the ‘CCTVCCTV attacker TM JC TM gardenerattacker’ had a longer face, a knobbly nose, a beard and maybe dark moustache.
TM Student ID 2011I was told that the Defence was not contesting his identity and therefore the Court did not require evidence of who he was. The Defence contested virtually nothing in this trial – in fact there was no defence.
the one and only picture the world was shown on T.M. after the event
the picture of the man on trial
The story didn’t need to make sense – the media give their fatuous, daily accounts of the trial, ensuring that citizens received their dose of horror, and heard how wicked was this ‘Britain first’ loner. No-one can afford to buy a transcript of the court proceedings, so as long as the jury vote him guilty, which they did of course, then we will soon forget about it, don’t we?
What was the motive? T.M.’s primary motive was presumably to get himself locked away for life, because he would clearly have known, as he strolled down the hill, having hacked the Labour Party M.P. to death, that the police would catch him very soon. He must also surely have known that his act would damage the Brexit campaign. But would a murderer really choose a spot in a bustling town center at noon in between a café and the local library? (here and here) Was Birstall MP Jo Cox set upon by this man, in no way strong-looking, while six of seven people stood around witnessing it (two in the car with her, two from the library, a couple more from the café across the road, etc., etc) – then he strolls off down the hill! Here is the scene:
coffee shop (Thanks Chris Spivey)
Instead, her car the silver Astra Vauxhall had just parked by the library, and she emerged with two others, when she was set upon, at 12.52. Then death was certified at 1.48 pm. As Jo Cox was lying on the pavement, then – if you believe Richard Whittam lawyer for the prosecution – she dragged herself along and rolled into the road between two cars, in her death agony. On the next day the 17th two local newspapers reported their stories: that she had been pronounced dead on the ground i.e. pavement in front of the library (Yorkshire Evening Post); or, pronounced dead in the Leeds Infirmary at that same time (Huddersfield Examiner). It’s unclear what happened to her, but no-one photographed a stretcher with the body of the local MP being carried into an ambulance. Such a photographic image could not possibly have been missed. Despite all the people standing around, no-one photographed anything at all!
The picture shows the spot where the murder allegedly took place – or, one of the spots as witnesses did not all agree on this matter. It’s on the far-left of this picture, a downward-slope exit from the public library. All the media images cut out the adjacent coffee shop! I guess the idea of plotting a murder of local MP in broad daylight in-between a coffee shop and the local library would have seemed just too absurd. Next, here is a photo of various police immediately after whatever happened, showing the clean, clear surface of the pavement: NoBlood
We note the pair of shoes in the distance: she crawled in her death-agony along that stretch of pavement – or so the Court was told. The Court heard several different stories of where she was attacked. The day after the event, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that she had been walking down that slope coming out of the library, when she was attacked. That was also the BBC news version, just hours after the event: ‘She only managed to walk a few yards from the library where (1 min) she was holding surgery meeting, speaking to her constituents before she was shot…. Minutes before the attack she was in her local library.’ Also on the day the Mirror reported only that she had been ‘critically injured.’ How could these first accounts be so wrong?
The Surgery at the library was to have been 1-2 pm, and Ms Cox was just emerging from her car when it happened, that soon became the standard account. The first witness told how the silver Vauxhall Astra car drove up to the library and three people got out: Jo Cox, Fuzilla Aswat her personal assistant (who drove the car) and Sandra Major. Ms Cox went around the back of the car when someone was ‘caught on CCTV’ rushing towards her. Later on the death-scene shifted to the front of that car, with accounts of how she fell onto the pavement then rolled over into the road, between two cars. Here is the BBC picture of what the scene was supposed to look like from the air, you can see the space in-between the two cars with some ‘décor,’ but no sign of any death-struggle anywhere. Can a person be stabbed fifteen times and shot three times, and then lie there for quite a while, with no drop of blood anywhere?
Accounts kept varying as to whether Ms Cox dies on the pavement or in Leeds General Infirmary. She was shot in the head at point-blank range with a rifle-gun and so fell backwards onto the ground (court testimony by Sandra Major) and then she started to speak! ‘Get away, get away you two! Let him hurt me – don’t let him hurt you.’ Yes it’s an absurd narrative – and would we expect it from one shot in the face at point-blank range? Are not some rather poor storytellers at work here? If it’s not physically possible, it didn’t happen.
‘Mair’ in his late fifties was described by Ms Aswat as wearing a dark baseball hat, having silvery hair over his eyes and ears and having a blue holdall bag. Throughout this case, accounts of whether ‘Mair’ was wearing a black or white cap would keep changing, in an absurd manner. At a quarter to ten on that morning the 16th, his neighbor Julia Nelson who knew him well was on the 229 bus, when she saw him walking along, with his little goatee beard, grey in color. He always wore a baseball cap, she said, the usual light-color. That sounded quite authentic. He had a beard, and so the fellow in the court had to have a beard – contrary to the picture we’d all been given of him earlier, clean-shaven.
The Court heard in great detail from a forensic DNA expert on where it was found, identifying it as that of Thomas Mair, but not saying who the Thomas Mair was from whom they had taken their source-sample for comparison. They could have easily taken some from his flat, and ascertained whether it was the same as that of the guy in the dock. The police arrested their suspect and at once caused him to bleed profusely – was that the source of the DNA matching?
The whole event is very much like a conjuring-trick, where you think you have seen a tragic death, but the whole core of the story is simply missing. The narrative keeps, changing, which sort of hints that the thing did not happen.
CharacterAn utterly different character is imprinted upon the ‘victim’ – and it is here not impossible that Thomas Mair is the *only* victim in whatever happened on that day. Here is what locals said of him:
The picture that emerged of the man known as Tom or Tommy from those who knew him best was of a quiet and caring loner. His half-brother, who is mixed race, claimed he had been volunteering at a school for children with disabilities for several years and had never expressed any racist views. Duane St Louis, 41, described his brother as a devoted son who shopped for their mother twice a week and who had visited her on Wednesday night to help tune her TV. He would give locals gardening tips as he strolled down the road to use the library computer.
Duane insisted his brother had never expressed any racist views and seemed quite happy to have a mixed-race sibling. Asked whether his brother had any strong political views, he replied: “Not that I know of.” He said he had no idea how Mair had got hold of a gun and did not have any hobbies that would require a firearms licence. Duane said he couldn’t believe the news. “I was watching Sky News and I recognised him in handcuffs on the ground,” he said. “It felt like a dream. I just couldn’t believe he’d do something like that. Friends said Mair had never shown any interest in politics or the EU referendum.”
Here is a quote from this gentle, caring fellow – the only real one you will ever hear – concerning how well volunteer gardening works as a cure for depression:
I can honestly say it has done me more good than all the psychotherapy and medication in the world. Many people who suffer from mental illness are socially isolated and disconnected from society, feelings of worthlessness are also common, mainly caused by long-term unemployment.
All these problems are alleviated by doing voluntary work. Getting out of the house and meeting new people is a good thing, but more important in my view is doing physically demanding and useful labour. When you have finished there is a feeling of achievement which is emotionally rewarding and psychologically fulfilling. For people for whom full-time, paid employment is not possible for a variety of reasons, voluntary work offers a socially positive and therapeutic alternative.
Hear, hear! He had another brother Scott Mair, 49, who told reporters he had wept when he heard about the killing. He said: “I am struggling to believe what has happened. My brother is not violent and is not all that political. I don’t even know who he votes for. Nick Gannon, 33, who lived two doors away from Mair, has known him since he was 10 years old. “It’s shocking,” he said. “He were a quiet guy, you would not think it of him. He would cut elderly people’s grass voluntarily. There were no reason to think he would be capable of something like this.” ‘He never showed any political interest at all, never mentioned it, not even to his brother.’ (Stephen Lees)
Quite a few such testimonies appeared from locals, who obviously liked him and knew him well. He had lived on that estate for decades and was well-known to the locals. See eg here about the voluntary work he did to assist Muslims in learning English, and before that with ‘Pathfinders,’ a community care movement. Let’s have one more from Kathleen Cooke, about this gentle, a-political fellow:
“He is very helpful and he helps local people with their gardens. There is one neighbour who is a bit frail and he keeps her garden tidy. He has helped me cut my hedge a couple of times.
“He has lived here for 40 years and has never been in any trouble and has never caused any trouble. He sometimes used to shout at the local kids if they played too near his house but that is fairly normal. I don’t think he belonged to any political party and I never heard him express any views about Europe or anything like that. To us, he was just Tommy, a local bloke we all knew!
At half-past one on the day, 16.6.16, the police burgled his flat and emerged with the claim that they had found Nazi regalia and shelfloads of far-right literature. That, I suggest, is not credible. We only heard of the claim in the old Bailey trial, i.e. they had months to prepare it. The police ‘seized the computers’ at the local Birstall library, where Mair had been the previous evening to visit far-right websites – mentioning the Daily Stormer. No local library would permit visiting such an ‘far-right’ website. Try asking your local library.
This could be a new reason to avoid living alone, that police are liable to raid one’s flat and ‘find’ what? ‘Stuffed inside a draw was a copy of the book “Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads, and the Rise of a New White Culture” and a Nazi Waffen SS book on race theory and mate selection guidelines,’ etc., etc. Sure.
The Jury were misled, believing that both sides of a case were going to be put to them, as was traditionally the case. I heard them being literally threatened with imprisonment if they should visit websites (i.e. try to find out what happened) during this trial. Trapped into silence, they really only had one option. ‘The rest is silence’ – a haunting awful silence, after justice has not been done.
smiling weird faces family
Cox family at the Memorial Service, 17 June
Cox family at the Memorial Service, 17 June
We remember the Memorial Service to Jo Cox the very next day, where no trace of grief could be seen on the faces of her family. Her sister who had just ‘identified the body’ could hardly keep a straight face. Should that have been relevant to this trial?
Jo Cox “was reported by Haaretz in Jerusalem as being a campaign manager for Obama in 2008”, was that relevant? It’s hard to find a wedding certificate for her and Brendon Cox, as if she had changed her name from Leadbeater to Cox without a legal wedding*.
NotesRichard Shepherd was the Home Office pathologist who did the autopsy on smiling family jo coxJo Cox – as he had earlier done for the alleged suicide of David Kelly. His testimony did then prevent any Inquest: “The expert opinion of Dr Richard Shepherd was central or even crucial in the grounds upon which the Attorney General based his decision to refuse the plea for an inquest. It was relevant too in the hearing of my plea and the refusal of it in the Administrative Division of the High Court. I believe that he has not approached his task in an even-handed manner and that is unprofessional to say the very least.” - David Halpin MB BS FRCS
Bernard KennyThe identity of Bernard Kenny is rather suspect and unclear, ostensibly having the same birthday as Jo Cox on 22nd , the day before the Brexit vote, and being 77 years old: it seemed as if there were two of him ,or if he had maybe died in 2013; having a deadly dagger shoved into his chest to seventeen centimetres (as the prosecution lawyer reaffirmed) and then seeming OK a few weeks later – if he could just have turned up in court it would have done a lot to resolve these questions. But, maybe that is why he couldn’t. His testimony was just read out – hearsay evidence, why was that allowed? One of the four charges against Mair was that he had caused GBH to Mr Bernard Kenny, so how could the jury endorse that charge with him not even turning up?
The Bernard Kenny Enigma, one more time
First report: “Bernard Kenny, now 65, of Birstall, was a member of the Gomersal Mines Rescue Brigade and was at the scene from beginning to end.” That is reported on 21.3.03, the mining disaster hero (30 yrs after the event).
Bernard and Doreen M. Kenny once lived in Leeds with their daughter Helen, he died 21.1.13 aged 75 and was buried in York, with orbituary in Yorkshire Evening Post (online but not printed version).
Bernard & Doreen E. Kenny live in Birstall, have sons Philip and Mark, Philip was Jo Cox’s geography teacher, was 77 yrs on Jo Cox attack, had birthday 22 June.
So, mining disaster hero would have been 75 by 21 03 2013. Clearly, this must be the guy who died ie B.M. Kenny.
But, they said the mining hero BK was the one who was stabbed. if his birthday was really on 22 june he would have turned 79 in 2016. No wonder this guy could not turn up in court.
* She did just that! The Observer ( Guardian on a Sunday ) Jo Cox remembered by Sarah Brown Sunday 11 December: ‘I think it says so much about Jo that she changed her name three months before she married Brendan as she started her new job working with me, because there would be no fiddly paperwork distractions that might interfere in her new marriage and her new job.’ (Thanks M.G.) Can anyone find a wedding record?
There are some anomalies regarding the response of the emergency services. If JC died at the scene why did they use an air ambulance to transport her to Leeds General Infirmary five miles away? I don’t think the air ambulance would be used for such a short journey anyway. And never for a patient who was already dead. What’s more why not use the A and E unit at the Dewsbury and Distract Hospital just ONE mile away? I was a hospital porter for 23 years and have dealt with these situations first hand.
they dropped the air ambulance story once the official scriptwriters got their act together! a tweet from the air ambulance service said she had been taken to hospital by land ambulance instead. I presume straight to the mortuary as the official story read in court is that she was declared dead at the scene by the attending doctor working for the ambulance service. Good point about her not going to the closer hospital though, surely they have a mortuary they could have put her in?
In the scene there seems to be an awful lot of cloths lying around which could not have been removed during a struggle, also in other photos on this link it shows a police photographer taking a picture of a shoe, but this lens could not take close ups at that distance.
Warm clothes, a fleece or fleecey coat/jacket, she may have had that in her arms (it being mid June but chilly), but as you say, lots of clothes there. The stabbed items of clothing should have been exhibits, but they are not mentioned.
It does look a chilly day for mid June. The attacker has sunglasses at one point, so why does he need them? It can only be as a disguise, because the attacker is posing as TM, who is being framed, and doesn’t look enough like him to be taken for him without props. TM had he been the attacker would not have worn sunglasses – it would not have disguised him in Birstall at all, and on a grey day could only be a nuisance.
Look at that close up of him, a line of black has been added around the (new) cream cap to make it look as if there’s a black one underneath, but…..they have gone too far and added black over the crown which completely gives away what is going on. That is the killer, if there was a killer at all. It is not the real Tommy Mair. There are at least 2 TMs, probably 3 seen on camera that day, they really are easy to tell apart, BUT the video that shows TM going towards the library (too late, the 999 call was said to have been made at 12.52) is not a clear one. That person wearing a light cap crossing the road, carefully, not rushing, is said to be TM, and it may be, but it proves nothing except that if it was him, he couldn’t have been there on time to be the attacker laying in wait for the JC car. His double may have been, though.
The Cox family, suppressing their mirth as they deliver the JC eulogy nexday and blatantly exhorting the public to vote as Jo would have done, (i e Remain) ought to want to see the real killer behind bars. If they do not care that an innocent man may have been framed and destroyed, and a guilty one allowed to go free, it must surely be because they are part of the plan.
There is a God – she was declared dead on the scene, conveniently meaning she would never had to pass through the doors of leeds general infirmary, she would have gone direct to the mortuary instead. Following up with Leeds regarding the authenticity of Bernard Kenny’s admission, surgery and 4 day stay would be the best route of investigation. During that time he would have been in contact with so many staff. Either findings anyone who works there and looked after him would be ideal, as would be a FOI request for if on the 16.6.16 they received any patients at all, (and if so how many) with a stab wound.
Number plate on the funeral car for Jo Cox,( see the first two of : Express photos http://www.express.co.uk/pictures/galleries/6584/Labour-MP-Jo-Cox-dies-pictures/MP-Jo-Cox-143234) is D4 BUT. I’ve tried to find any number plate at all similar, to buy…. cannot. What does D4 BUT mean???
D4 BUT doesn’t appear on the DVLA registered vehicles list!
That is very interesting. This whole story is so fake. The funeral cortege slowed down twice, but nobody knows where it went after that.
I found the company who did the funeral:
But I’m still not sure why they haven’t registered their personalised number plates? I wonder also if they’d respond to being asked if they were required to abide by a written or verbal non-disclosure agreement for their part in the stunt?