Thursday, 24 November 2016

The pair are accused of beating the two-year-old to death after a post mortem examination revealed injuries to his abdomen.

Wolverhampton Magistrates Court
Image Caption:The pair are due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court
A mother and stepfather are due to appear in court accused of beating their toddler son to death.
Police were called to a house in Wednesfield High Street in Wolverhampton just before midnight on Sunday and found the two-year-old with head and body injuries.
He was taken to hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.
A post mortem examination revealed he died from peritonitis as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen.
The boy's mother, 25-year-old Sindyann Regis and 27-year-old stepdad Chevaze Mcgregor were charged with murder on Wednesday.

They are due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court on Thursday.  

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Brendan Cox says those who seek to divide by using hate will be responded to with love - "like Jo did".

Brendan Cox, the widow of the murdered Labour MP
Video:Brendan Cox: We were lucky to have Jo in our lives
The death of MP Jo Cox will mean those who seek to divide people in Britain will "face an unassailable wall of ... tolerance", her husband has said.
Brendan Cox promised to respond to hatred with love, "like Jo did", as he spoke on the steps of the Old Bailey following the life sentence handed down to neo-Nazi Thomas Mair for her murder.
The 53-year-old killer was described as a terrorist for shooting and stabbing the 41-year-old mother-of-two outside a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, while shouting "Britain first".
On his arrest, the loner told police he was a "political activist" and at his first magistrates court appearance, when he was asked for his name, he responded "death to traitors, freedom for Britain".

Jo Cox in her wedding dress
Image Caption:Jo Cox in her wedding dress
When Mair's home was raided, officers found Nazi memorabilia and far-right books and it soon emerged he had links with international white supremacist groups dating back to the 1990s.
He had also collected a dossier on Mrs Cox and her political history.
His trial heard that Mair, who has a half brother from Grenada, looked up matricide on the internet.

A gun that was presented in evidence during the trial of Thomas Mair
Image Caption:A gun that was presented in evidence during the trial of Thomas Mair
His searches included phrases like "son kills mother for miscegenation", a word meaning the mixing of different racial groups through marriage, cohabiting, sexual relations and procreation.
Speaking after Mair's whole life sentence was handed down, Mr Cox said: "To the world, Jo was a member of Parliament, a campaigner, an activist and many other things.

Nazi insignia jewellery found in Thomas Mair's home
Image Caption:Nazi insignia jewellery found in Thomas Mair's home
"But first and foremost she was a sister, a daughter, an auntie, a wife, and above all a mum to two young children who love her with all their being.
"We try now not to focus on how unlucky we were to have her taken from us, but how lucky we were to have her in our lives for so long.
"To the person who did this we have nothing but pity - that his life was so devoid of love and consumed with hatred that this became his desperate and cowardly attempt to find meaning," he added.

Kim Leadbeater, sister of murdered MP Jo Cox, speaks outside the Old Bailey, after the trial
Video:Jo Cox's sister: 'We will work through pain'
"The killing of Jo was a political act, an act of terrorism, but in the history of such acts, it was perhaps the most incompetent and self-defeating.
"An act driven by hatred which instead has created an outpouring of love. An act designed to drive communities apart which has instead pulled them together. An act designed to silence a voice which instead has allowed millions of others to hear it.
"As a family, we will not respond to hatred with hatred. We will love like Jo did and know that, although she is dead, the ideas and values that she held so dear will live on.

Nazi themed videos found in Thomas Mair's home
Image Caption:Nazi themed videos found in Thomas Mair's home
"We hope the country will also take something from this - that Jo's death will have meaning.
"That those in politics, the media and our own communities who seek to divide us will face an unassailable wall of British tolerance and the articulation of Jo's belief that we hold more in common than that which divides us."

Thomas Mair is described as a terrorist after he shot and stabbed Jo Cox outside a constituency surgery before the EU vote.

Thomas Mair on CCTV
Video:Who was Nazi-sympathiser who killed MP Jo Cox?
A white supremacist has been told he will serve the whole of his life in jail for murdering MP Jo Cox.
Thomas Mair attacked the 41-year-old mother-of-two as she arrived for her weekly surgery at Birstall Library, shooting and stabbing her after shouting "Britain first".
Mair, who had a stash of neo-Nazi material at his home in the West Yorkshire town, had pleaded his innocence but failed to offer any evidence in his defence.
The jury at the Old Bailey took just 90 minutes to find Mair guilty after a prosecutor described how, having failed in a first attempt to kill her, he came back to shoot and stab the Labour MP for Batley and Spen in front of her shocked constituents.

Jo Cox and Thomas Mair
Image Caption:Thomas Mair has been given a whole life sentence for murdering MP Jo Cox
She was shot at three times and stabbed a total of 15 times a week before the EU referendum, in which she had been campaigning for the UK to remain.
After the verdict, 53-year-old Mair asked the judge through his lawyer if he could address the court, but was refused permission.
The judge Mr Justice Wilkie told Mair: "By your actions you have betrayed the quintessence of our country, its reliance on Parliamentary democracy.
"There is no doubt that this murder was done to advance the cause of violent white nationalism.
"It was a vicious, ruthless and determined attack. You returned to inflict further injuries on Jo when it seemed she might survive."

Det Supt Nick Wallen, the West Yorkshire police officer in charge of the investigation into Jo Cox's death
Video:Det Supt Nick Wallen on Jo Cox's murder
Mrs Cox's sister, Kim Leadbeater, said her killer had committed an "act of extreme cowardice" and the MP's death had had a "ripple effect", comments echoed by Mrs Cox's husband Brendan who said her death would result in a wall of tolerance against those who sought to divide.
Mair was also found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent, the grievous bodily harm of Bernard Carter-Kenny and possession of an offensive weapon, namely a dagger.
Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC had praised the courage of Mrs Cox and those who tried to intervene when they saw her being attacked.
As she lay mortally wounded in the street, the MP tried to protect her aides by urging them to abandon her and escape from Mair.
Her constituency caseworker Sandra Major told jurors during the trial: "He was making motions towards us with the knife and Jo was lying in the road and she shouted out 'get away, get away you two. Let him hurt me. Don't let him hurt you'."
Passer-by Mr Carter-Kenny, 78, was stabbed as he tried to stop Mair by jumping on him from behind.
When he was swiftly tracked down by police a mile away, Mair's holdall contained the blood-splattered murder weapons including a reproduction Fairbairn-Sykes "fighting dagger", designed during World War Two for British special forces.
After his arrest, police uncovered a hoard of neo-Nazi literature at his council house and a golden Third Reich eagle ornament with a swastika emblazoned on the front.

Jeremy Corbyn talks about the legacy of Jo Cox
Video:Corbyn on Jo Cox's murder: We are stronger together
Detectives investigating his use of library computers also exposed Mair's interest in far-right, anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi politics in Britain and abroad.
Sue Hemming, head of special crime and counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Mair has offered no explanation for his actions but the prosecution was able to demonstrate that, motivated by hate, his pre-meditated crimes were nothing less than acts of terrorism designed to advance his twisted ideology."
Jo Cox was the first British female MP ever to be murdered and the first MP to be killed in office since 1990.
She was barely a year into her dream job when she died, yet had marked herself out as an MP with one of the brightest futures among the 2015 House of Commons intake.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the murder as "an attack on democracy" which "has robbed the world of an ambassador of kindness and compassion".
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "The shocking and senseless murder of Jo was an attack on all of us and the values we share of democracy and tolerance.
"As Home Secretary I am determined that we challenge extremism in all its forms including the evil of far-right extremism and the terrible damage it can cause to individuals, families and communities."