Neo-Nazi couple who called baby Adolf jailed for being National Action members

A fanatical neo-Nazi couple who named their baby son in Hitler’s honour have been jailed for being members of a banned terrorist group.

Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, were convicted last month of membership of the extreme right-wing organisation, National Action.

Thomas was jailed for six and a half years while Patatas was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court heard the couple gave their child the middle name "Adolf", which Thomas said was in "admiration" of Hitler.

They also had Swastika scatter cushions in their home, it was said.

Photos recovered from the property showed Thomas cradling his newborn son while wearing the hooded white robes of a Ku Klux Klansman.

He had once told his partner he found "all non-whites intolerable".

Meanwhile, in conversation with another member of National Action – which was banned in 2016 – Patatas said "all Jews must be put to death".

She also wanted to "bring back concentration camps".

Recorder of Birmingham Judge Melbourne Inman QC told Thomas today: "It’s quite clear that you held deep-routed, violent, racist beliefs.

"You appeared obsessed with Nazism & the KKK."

He told Patatas: "You were equally as extreme as Thomas both in your views and actions. You acted together in all that you thought said and did."

The wedding photographer, originally from Portugal, and Thomas, an ex-Amazon security guard, were found guilty following a seven-week trial.

Twice-failed Army applicant Thomas was also convicted on a majority verdict of having a terrorist manual, namely the Anarchist’s Cookbook.

Jurors heard this contained instructions on making "viable" bombs.

The couple, of Banbury, Oxfordshire, appeared at a two-day sentencing hearing which started on Friday.

Also jailed were Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Leicester, Darren Fletcher, 28, of Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, West Mids., Joel Wilmore, 24, of Stockport, and Nathan Pryke, 27, of Cambridge.

The court heard Fletcher recorded a sick video showing him teaching his toddler daughter how to do a Nazi salute.

All six were charged with being members of a proscribed terrorist organisation – namely National Action (NA).

A judge described it as a group with "horrific" goals.

"A dangerous, well-structured organisation"

Detective Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, issued a statement after the verdicts last month.

He said at the time: "This result is a culmination of two years of painstaking work in the West Midlands and across the country to recognise and understand the threat of National Action.

"These individuals were not simply racist fantasists; we now know they were a dangerous, well-structured organisation. Their aim was to spread neo-Nazi ideology by provoking a race war in the UK and they had spent years acquiring the skills to carry this out.

"They had researched how to make explosives. They had gathered weapons. They had a clear structure to radicalise others.

"Unchecked they would have inspired violence and spread hatred and fear across the West Midlands.

"Today’s convictions have dealt a significant blow to National Action. We have dismantled their Midlands Chapter but that doesn’t mean the threat they pose will go away.

"Others on the periphery will take on leadership roles and so I ask for the public’s vigilance − if you see this group’s posters or stickers please report them to police − where there are new cells, we will intercept and prosecute them."

The couple’s close friend Fletcher, a 28-year-old goods vehicle driver, taught his toddler daughter to do a Nazi salute for the camera.

He sent a message to Patatas saying "finally got her to do it".

Footage of a girl, said to have been recorded by Fletcher, showed what prosecutor Barnaby Jameson QC described as "some suggestion Fletcher may have been trying to influence his child, or children".

Addressing the judge, he added: "The court will have to perhaps take a view whether the child is waving or whether it is something more sinister."

In a brief clip, played in court, the toddler was shown raising her right arm above her head, towards the camera, before turning to walk off.

Sentencing, Judge Melbourne Inman QC said: "National Action is a terrorist organisation.

"It’s aims and objectives are the overthrow of democracy in this country by serious violence and murder, and the imposition of a Nazi-style state which would eradicate whole sections of society by violence and mass-murder.

"The eradication of those who you consider to be inferior because of no more than the colour of their skin, or their religion."

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