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Fanatical neo-Nazi couple to be sentenced for terrorist group membership

Darren Fletcher, Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas Photo: West Midlands Police/PA

A fanatical neo-Nazi couple who named their baby son in honour of Hitler are to be sentenced after being convicted of membership of a terrorist group.

Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, were found guilty after a trial of being members of the extreme right-wing organisation National Action, which was banned in 2016.

Adam Thomas with his baby son, whose middle name was ‘Adolf’ Credit: West Midlands Police/PA

Their close friend, Darren Fletcher, who admitted membership before trial, will also be sentenced alongside them and three other convicted members, on Monday.

Last week, a court heard a prosecution claim Fletcher had taught his daughter to give a Nazi salute, and how he sent a message to Patatas saying “finally got her to do it”.

Darren Fletcher admitted membership of National Action Credit: West Midlands Police/PA

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard Thomas and Patatas gave their child the middle name “Adolf”, which Thomas said was in “admiration” of Hitler, and had Swastika scatter cushions in their home.

Photographs recovered from their address also showed Thomas cradling his new-born son while wearing the hooded white robes of a Ku Klux Klansman.

In conversation with another National Action member, Patatas said “all Jews must be put to death”, while Thomas had once told his partner he found “all non-whites intolerable”.

Convicted neo-Nazi terrorist Claudia Patatas leaving Birmingham Crown Court with supporter Michael Woodbridge Credit: Richard Vernalls/PA

Former Amazon security guard Thomas and Patatas, a wedding photographer originally from Portugal who also wanted to “bring back concentration camps”, were found guilty after a seven-week trial.

Thomas, a twice-failed Army applicant, was also convicted on a majority verdict of having a terrorist manual, namely the Anarchist’s Cookbook, which jurors heard contained instructions on making “viable” bombs.

The couple, of Waltham Gardens, Banbury, Oxfordshire, will be sentenced on Monday, concluding a two-day hearing which started on Friday.

Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Crown Hills Rise, Leicester, a leading member in National Action’s midlands chapter, was also convicted of membership after standing trial with Patatas and Thomas.

Daniel Bogunovic was a leading member of the organisation in the midlands Credit: West Midlands Police/PA

He was described in court on Friday as a “committed National Action leader, propagandist and strategist”, within the group’s midlands cell.

The two other men, cyber security worker and the midlands’ National Action cell’s “banker” Joel Wilmore, 24, and van driver Nathan Pryke, 26, described as the group’s “security enforcer”, will also be sentenced.

Nathan Pryke was described as the midlands group’s security enforcer Credit: West Midlands Police/PA

Fletcher, 28, of Kitchen Lane, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, Wilmore, 24, of Bramhall Road, Stockport, Greater Manchester, and Pryke, 26, of Dartford Road, March, Cambridge, all admitted membership of the banned group prior to the trial.

Opening the case on Friday, Barnaby Jameson QC, prosecuting, said all six had been members post-ban and taken part in the organisation’s chat groups, which were staging posts for comments of “virulent racism, particularly from Thomas, Patatas and Fletcher”.

Joel Wilmore was the cell’s ‘banker’ Credit: West Midlands Police/PA

He added: “Leaders Pryke, Wilmore and Bogunovic were more circumspect in their views but on occasion the true depth of their racial hatred leeched out.”

The six are all facing up to 10 years in jail.