A British neo-Nazi couple who named their son after Adolf Hitler was sentenced Tuesday to several years in prison for being part of a terrorist group.
Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, were found guilty of being members of National Action – an extreme right-wing group that was banned in 2016.
Thomas was sentenced for six years and six months, and Patatas for five years. In total, six members of the group were convicted. A friend of the couple, Darren Fletcher, was sentenced to five years after admitting he was also a member of the National Action group. Daniel Bogunovic, 27, from Leicester, was sentenced to six years and four months. Two other men, Joel Wilmore, 24, a cyber-security worker and National Action Midlands cell “banker”, and Nathan Pryke, 26, a van driver described as the group’s “security enforcer”, were the last members convicted. Pryke was jailed for five years and five months, and Wilmore was jailed for five years and 10 months.
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court had heard how Thomas, who was a former Amazon security guard, and Patatas, a wedding photographer, gave their child the middle name “Adolf”.
Thomas, who even had swastika scatter cushions at his home, said the name was given in “admiration” of the German dictator. The jury also saw photos of Thomas as he posed with his newborn son while wearing the hooded robes of the Ku Klux Klan.
The court also heard how Patatas, who moved to the UK from Portugal, told another National Action member “all Jews must be put to death”.
Thomas once told his partner he found “all non-whites intolerable”.
The couple, who also wanted to “bring back concentration camps”, were found guilty after a seven-week trial.
Thomas, who was rejected from joining the army twice, was also convicted on a majority verdict of having a terrorist manual. The couple had also both been involved in the desecration of war memorials, including one in Warwickshire, and were “equally extreme” in their views and actions, according to the judge.
When sentencing Thomas and Patatas, Judge Melbourne Inman said both had “a long history of violent racist beliefs” and described National Action as a group with “horrific aims”.
“These are not idle words,” the judge said. “The vile regime you and Thomas worship, and which you wish to impose on this country, did – and would do – exactly that.”
“Its 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 such violence and mass murder,” the judge added.