Couple who named baby Adolf found guilty of neo-Nazi terror group membership

Two people hanging a Nazi flag.
Two people hanging a Nazi flag. Photo credit: File.

A couple in the UK have been found guilty of membership to an illegal neo-Nazi group.

The couple, Claudia Patatas, 38, and Adam Thomas, 22, named their son after Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and were accused of being members of the group National Action.

It was made illegal to be a part of the "extreme and violent" group in 2016 by the British Government.

An acquaintance of the couple, Daniel Bogunovic, was also convicted of membership to the group after a seven-week-long trial, the Independent reported.

The Telegraph reported in October that Patatas and Thomas had given their child the middle name 'Adolf' in tribute to the brutal Nazi leader.

Thomas confessed to jurors that he was racist, and had given the name out of "admiration" for the leader of Nazi Germany, the Independent reported.

The court heard both Patatas and Thomas attended meetings of the group before it was banned in December 2016 and continued to engage in group activities and chats through encrypted messaging apps since.

Messages such as "all Jews must be put to death," and "Adolf is life," were shared in the group by Patatas, according to the Independent.

When their home was raided by counter terror police, they found Nazi flags, Ku Klux Klan robes, and memorabilia such as Swastika cookie cutters and cushions.

During the trial, Prosecution Barnaby Jameson said the case was about "a terror fuelled by hatred and division" and "borne out of fanatical and tribal belief in white supremacy".

All three denied the charges, and a sentencing date is yet to be set.

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