British Neo-Nazis Who Named Their Baby After Adolf Hitler Found Guilty Of Ties To Banned Right-Wing Extremist Group
A British neo-Nazi couple who named their son after Adolf Hitler were found guilty for their connections to a right-wing extremist group that’s been banned in England.
Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, were convicted Monday for ties to the terrorist group National Action, which was outlawed in 2016 for celebrating the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.
Along with photographs of the couple holding Nazi memorabilia, the jury also saw photos of Thomas holding their son while wearing Ku Klux Klan robes.
Thomas and Patatas gave their son the middle name “Adolf” after Hitler because of their “admiration” of him, according to prosecutors.
Patatas also has a tattoo of an intricate design found inside the former SS headquarters at Wewelsburg Castle in Germany.
Inside their Oxfordshire home, police found crossbows, machetes and axes, as well as Nazi and KKK memorabilia, including pastry cutters in the shape of swastikas.
“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.
“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 radicalize others. Unchecked they would have inspired violence and spread hatred and fear across the West Midlands.”
Daniel Bogunovic, 27, was also found guilty Monday. Joel Wilmore, 24, Darren Fletcher, 28, and Nathan Pryke, 27, previously pleaded guilty.
Earlier this year, two men were sentenced for their membership in National Action: 24-year-old Alex Deakin and 34-year-old Mikko Vehvilainen, a former lance corporal in the army.
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