Jury convicts United Kingdom far-right couple who named son after Hitler

A jacket bearing a swastika armband found during police searches of Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas' home

A jacket bearing a swastika armband found during police searches of Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas' home

A "fanatical" neo-Nazi couple who named their baby son after Hitler have been convicted of membership of a banned terrorist group.

There is the one of Patatas holding their newborn while Thomas holds a flag emblazoned with the Nazi swastika. They named their baby after Adolf Hitler.

The court heard that Thomas, who gave their baby the middle name Adolf, posed for a photo with the child while wearing Ku Klux Klan robes.

Former Amazon security guard Thomas and Patatas, a photographer originally from Portugal, were found guilty after a seven-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, stockpiled weapons such as crossbows, machetes and axes at their home while members of the proscribed far-right group National Action.

Thomas claimed the photographs were "just play" but also told the court he was a racist. Both were found guilty Monday of being members of National Action, the extreme right-wing organisation that virtually deifies Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

Thomas was also convicted on a majority verdict of owning a bomb-making manual - the Anarchist's Cookbook. When National Action was banned, after lawmaker Jo Cox was killed by a far-right extremist, the group re-branded, calling itself the "TripleKMafia", a not-too-subtle allusion to the Ku Klux Klan.

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Vehvilainen, 34, a Finland native, was a lance corporal in the British army who Ward said had "access to young men who could be radicalised and recruited into the group".

Prosecutors said at Vehvilainen's trial that he was working within the Army as a "recruiter" for the banned organisation. Ten people have now been convicted of membership in the group, including a British soldier who had served in Afghanistan.

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.

"After National Action was banned it went underground and changed its name but it did not disappear", said Deb Walsh of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Thomas's close friend Darren Fletcher, 28, of Kitchen Lane, Wednesfield, West Midlands, Joel Wilmore, 24, of Bramhall Road, Stockport, Greater Manchester, and Nathan Pryke, 26, of Dartford Road, March, Cambridgeshire, will be sentenced later.

All six defendants are due to be sentenced on December 14.

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