A neo-Nazi couple, who named their own child after Adolf Hitler, have been jailed for their membership in a banned terrorist group.
22-year-old Adam Thomas and 38-year-old Claudia Patatas from Banbury, Oxfordshire, were part of a group known as National Action, a neo-nazi organisation based in the UK. Adam Thomas, a former Amazon security guard and Claudia Patatas, a wedding photographer, were both described by a judge as having a “long history of violent racist beliefs.”
Thomas was jailed for six years and six months, whereas Patatas was sentenced to five years. Birmingham Crown Court also heard that the couple gave their child the middle name Adolf in “admiration” of the World War II dictator.
The couple were not the only members of the National Action that will be jailed, as there were four other people were sentenced in being part of a group with “horrific aims”, as Judge Melbourne Inman QC described.
Daniel Bogunovic, 27, from Leicester, was also convicted alongside the couple for being a member of the same group. He was described by prosecutors as a “committed National Action leader” and was jailed for six years and four months.
Other members included Darren Fletcher, 28, from Wolverhampton, Nathan Pryke, 27 from March, Cambridgeshire and Joel Wilmore, 24, from Stockport – all of whom pleaded guilty to being in the terror group.
Pryke, who was the group’s “security enforcer” was sentenced to five years and five months, while Wilmore, the “banker” and “cyber security” specialist, was sentenced to five years and ten months.
The judge described National Action as, “It’s aims and objectives are the overthrow of democracy in this country by serious violence and murder and imposition of a Nazi-style state that would eradicate whole sections of society.”
While sentencing Patatas, he also added: “You were equally as extreme as Thomas both in your views and actions.”
“You acted together in all you thought, said and did, in the naming of your son and the disturbing photographs of your child, surrounded by symbols of Nazism and the Klu Klux Klan.”
The couple held hands and wept as they were given their sentences, but we’re certainly not weeping with them. A week prior to the convictions, the court heard Fletcher had trained his infant daughter to perform a Nazi salute and sent a message to Patatas, saying: “Finally got her to do it”.
The court also saw disturbing images of Thomas wearing Klu Klux Klan robes while holding his baby, which he claimed were “just play”, but also admitted to being a racist.
A police search of the home that he shared with Claudia Patatas also found machetes, knives and crossbows, one of which was kept just a few feet away from the baby’s crib. Police also recovered extremist-themed gear such as pendants, flags and clothing embellished with symbols of the Nazi-era SS and National Action group. Other items found included a swastika-shaped pastry cutter and swastika scatter cushions.
Barnaby Jameson QC, prosecuting, said the defendants had taken part in National Action’s group chats, where they posted comments showing “virulent racism, particularly from Thomas, Patatas and Fletcher”.
“Leaders Pryke, Wilmore and Bogunovic were more circumspect in their views but on the occasion the true depth of their racial hatred leeched out.”
National Action was banned in 2016 following concern of terrorism from the government. A deleted Skype log recovered from Thomas’ laptop said that the “Midlands branch” of the group would “continue to fight alone” after National Action disbanded after being outlawed.
Following these convictions, let’s hope that this will be the last we hear of the National Action for the greater good of society. However, strangely there were no specific mentions of any of the exact crimes, nor any of the specific plots to commit any crimes, being mentioned in Birmingham Crown Court. But, in them being members of a banned terror group and Thomas possessing certain weapons, it would justify them to be jailed for the lengths of their sentences.
Story by Emily Clark
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