A couple who gave their child the middle name ‘Adolf’ have been found guilty of being members of a banned neo-Nazi group.
Adam Thomas, 22, and his girlfriend, Claudia Patatas, 38, were today convicted of being members of the extreme right-wing organisation National Action, which was banned in 2016.
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.
A jury heard how the couple gave their child the middle name ‘Adolf’, which self-confessed racist Thomas said in evidence was in ‘admiration’ of Hitler.
The pair 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 had attended meetings of the far-right group, formed in 2013, prior to its ban in December 2016.
The court also heard transcripts of encrypted Telegram chat messages following the ban, proving all three defendants were still members of the group post-proscription.
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.
The pair denied being part of a proscribed organisation alongside a third defendant Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Leicester.
Thomas, an Amazon security guard, described as a ‘vehement Nazi,’ was also convicted of having a copy of a document likely to be of use to a terrorist, namely the Anarchist’s Cookbook.
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.’
Thomas added: ‘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.’
Police found the message from the chat group ‘TripleK Mafia’ on a mobile phone seized from National Action Midlands leader Alex Deakin, 23, from Birmingham.
Jurors were shown a photo of Thomas in a white gown and hood cradling his baby.
In another snap he and Patatas, from Oxfordshire, posed with their son alongside a Nazi flag inside their home.
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.
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.’
The JC has revealed that Adam Thomas had previously attempted to convert to Judaism.
Over two separate periods in 2015, Thomas attended the Machon Meir yeshiva in Jerusalem, but was eventually turned away from its giur (conversion) programme.
A Machon Meir spokesman said: ‘We will confirm that he attempted to study in the Conversion Department of Machon Meir.
‘But we sensed after a while that he was a real meshugeneh [foolish person]. This was not evident immediately. He was quite knowledgeable in Torah, mild mannered and even somewhat pleasant.
‘He has a fantastic memory and was passionate about Torah knowledge. He has a very dark side as well, and a pull towards extremism. Once this side came out we knew he was not worthy for giur studies.’
A third defendant, a leading member in National Action’s Midlands’ chapter, Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Leicester, was also convicted of being a member.
Claudia Patatas was seen leaving Birmingham Crown Court earlier today following her conviction, after she was granted bail ahead of her sentencing hearing next month.