Nazi Memorabilia Found at the Home of Thomas Mair
Nazi related materials, memorabilia and propaganda were found when Police raided the house of the man accused of killing the Labour MP Jo Cox, the Old Bailey heard today.
The Police found a Third Reich eagle ornament with a swastika on it as well as far-right books and other Nazi material, the jury heard on Monday.
The Nazi eagle was on the top of a bookcase in one the bedrooms, while shelves were found books about German military history and Nazi race theory.
But the Jury also heard that beneath the bookshelf, there were drawers full of books with Nazi and White Supremacist themes.
The jury were showed pictures of some of these books which had titles such as SS Race Theory, The Politics of the Holocaust March of the Titans: A History of the White Race.
PC Nicholas Russell who was the first officer to enter Mair’s home said:
“I saw on a few of the shelves the subject matter was of German military history”
“In top of the bookcase was a small gold-coloured ornament of a Third Reich eagle with a swastika on it.”
Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said drawers were opened and officers found books on the “National Vanguard”.
Another was entitled: “March of the Titans: A history of the white race.”
Others were named “The German Home Front 1939–45” and “The Politics of the Holocaust”.
Thomas Mair was also a fan of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian neo-Nazi who murdered 77 people in 2011; as Police recovered from the house newspaper cutting from the Daily Mail about the white supremacist Norwegian terrorist.
Mair was also accused of collecting a dossier onn Jo Cox in his home, including stories about her in Newspapers, including one statement in which she had said: “I believe the patriotic choice is to vote for ‘Britain to remain inside the EU”, jurors heard.
Elsewhere, in the semi-detached house, the Police found a computer printout concerning the extreme far-right South African Organisation Die Blanke Bevrydingsbeweging.
In the months before Mrs Cox’s death, Mair is also accused of having used computers at Birstall libraries to visit far-right websites.
The prosecution heard that Mair had been using those computers to read about the Klu Klux Klan and a page that offered answers to the question “Is a .22 round deadly enough to kill with one shot to a human’s head?”.
The jurors were told that Mair also searched for Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine black Americans in South Carolina in 2015, and accessed the Wikipedia page for Cox.
The prosecution alleges that the murder of the Labour MP was politically or ideologically motivated. The mother-of-two was shot twice in the head and once in the chest, and stabbed 15 times.
Mair is charged with her murder and also with grievous bodily harm (GBH) of Bernard Carter-Kenny, a pensioner who tried to protect the MP’s aid.
Mair declined to enter pleas when he appeared at the Old Bailey for a preliminary hearing last month. As a result, not-guilty pleas were entered on his behalf.
The trial continues.
Originally published at sciscomedia.co.uk on November 21, 2016.