British Couple Who Named Baby After Adolf Hitler Sentenced To Jail For Being Part Of Banned Terror Group
A British couple who named their son after Adolf Hitler was sentenced to jail Tuesday for being members of a neo-Nazi group banned in England for its violent and racist beliefs.
Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, were sentenced to six years, six months and five years, respectively, by Birmingham Crown Court judge Melbourne Inman, according to the BBC.
They were two of six people convicted last month for being National Action members; the others, including Darren Fletcher, received anywhere from five to six years. Prosecutors said Fletcher had recently celebrated teaching his young daughter to give the Nazi salute.
“(National Action’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 that would eradicate whole sections of society,” Inman reportedly said BBC.
“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 Ku Klux Klan.”
The jury was shown photos of Thomas and Patatas flaunting Nazi memorabilia and holding their son while wearing Ku Klux Klan robes prior to their conviction, according to the BBC.
Prosecutors have said they gave their son the middle name Adolf due to their “admiration” for the Nazi leader, and that Patatas once told another National Action member that “all Jews must be put to death.”
Police also found crossbows, machetes, axes and pastry cutters in the shape of swastikas during a search of their Oxfordshire home.
Thomas, a former Amazon security guard, and Patatas, a wedding photographer originally from Portugal, reportedly held hands and cried as the judge handed down their sentences.
Thomas received a longer sentence than his partner because he was also found guilty of having bomb-making instructions. For that, he received a two years and six months that he will serve concurrently.
National Action was formed in 2013 as a neo-Nazi party aimed at attracting young people.
It became the first right-wing group to be banned under anti-terror laws three years later, after drawing backlash for celebrating the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a man with links to the neo-Nazi group National Alliance.
“These individuals were not simply racist fantasists; we now know they were a dangerous, well-structured organization,” West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit Detective Chief Superintendent Matt Ward said in a statement after the couple’s convictions.
“Their aim was to spread neo-Nazi ideology by provoking a race war in the U.K. 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 radicalize others. Unchecked, they would have inspired violence and spread hatred and fear across the West Midlands.” ___
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