Neo-Nazi couple who named baby son after Adolf Hitler facing jail

A Neo-Nazi couple who named their baby after Adolf Hitler and posed with the tot while wearing Ku Klux Klan robes have been found guilty of belonging to a terrorist group.

Racist fanatics Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, are facing up to ten years in jail each after being convicted of being members of banned National Action.

The white supremacist couple were part of the proscribed right-wing group and intended to wage a “holy war” against black people, Jews, Asians and homosexuals.

They also stockpiled an arsenal of deadly weapons such as crossbows, machetes and axes at their home which was decorated in Nazi and Ku Klux Klan memorabilia.

Thomas and Patatas, of Banbury, Oxon, denied being part of a proscribed organisation alongside a third defendant Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Leicester.

Today (Mon) the trio were found guilty by a jury of five women and six men who deliberated for more than 12 hours following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Patatas, dressed in a black coat, wept in the dock as the jury delivered their verdict.

Thomas, wearing a dark blue suit and red tie, and Bogunovic, dressed in a blue suit and yellow tie, remained emotionless.

Judge Melbourne Inman QC said: “Miss Patatas is granted bail within the precinct of the court until we know all the verdicts.”

Thomas, an Amazon security guard, described as a “vehement Nazi,” was also charged with possessing the Anarchy Cookbook, a bomb-making instruction manual.

The jury is yet to come to a verdict on that charge.

Over the course of a seven-week trial, the court was told how the racist couple met online in November 2016 before moving in together the following April.

Photographs from their “family album” show Thomas cradling his newborn son named after Hitler while dressed in hooded white KKK robes.

The fascist pair can also be seen smiling for another snap with the baby, who was born in late 2017, while proudly displaying a Swastika flag.

They joined National Action after being “fuelled by hatred and division” and engaged in a “terror born out of a fanatical and tribal belief in white supremacy.”

Thomas and Patatas had attended meetings of the far-right group, formed in 2013, prior to its ban in December 2016.

The group was proscribed by the Government after members celebrated the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair earlier that year.

Despite being outlawed, the group carried out “White Jihad” – a white holy war – to uphold white supremacist values around the country.

The court heard transcripts of encrypted Telegram chat messages following the ban proving all three defendants were still members of the group post-proscription.

Portuguese Patatas, a wedding photographer, used the chat platform to message another “vehement Nazi” Darren Fletcher, 28, saying “all Jews must be put to death”.

Patatas, who has a black sun SS symbol tattooed on her back, also revealed she once celebrated Hitler’s birthday by eating a cake with a “Fuhrer face” decorated on it.

She wrote: “I did struggle to slice his face. Adolf is life.”

Meanwhile Thomas called on refugees to be gassed, black people to be killed and the Chinese people to be turned into biofuel in a string of vile racist messages.

He also said homosexuals and mixed-race children should be killed by stoning, beheading and hanging and wanted to start a British chapter of the KKK.

Thomas put: “We could slaughter billions of non-whites no problem, we are superior….Personally all I want is a white homeland.

“I don’t accept anyone who isn’t 100 per cent white.”

The messages from the chat group ‘TripleK Mafia’ were found by police on a mobile phone seized from National Action Midlands leader Alex Deakin, 23, from Birmingham.

Jurors heard Thomas – who posed for photos in front a US Confederate flag with his crossbows – used his weapons for target practice in his back garden.

When counter terror police raided their home they found Nazi flags, Ku Klux Klan robes and a variety of fascist memorabilia – including Swastika cushions and pastry cutters.

The couple even had racist Christmas cards – including one bearing a picture of KKK members and the message “May All Your Christmasses Be White”.

Newspaper cuttings relating to the Norwegian far-Right mass murderer Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011, were also found in the couple’s living room.

Barnaby Jameson QC, prosecuting, told the court earlier in the trial: “National Action is a group of vehement neo-Nazis, glorifying Hitler and the Third Reich.

“Openly and aggressively Nazi, National Action is anti-black, anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic and anti-gay.

“The world into which this case will take you is a world in which any right-thinking person would wish did not exist.

“All the defendants in this case were cut from the same National Action cloth. They were fanatical, highly motivated, energetic and closely linked.”

Thomas, Patatas and Bogunovic will be sentenced on a date yet to be fixed.

By Mark Cardwell

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