Neo-Nazis who named child after Adolf Hitler convicted of being members of far-right group
Claudia Patatas holds the pair’s son while Adam Thomas holds a swastika flag. (Suppled: West Midlands Police)
A couple who named their child after Adolf Hitler have been convicted in Britain of being members of banned far-right group National Action.
Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 33, were convicted along with Daniel Bogunovic, Joel Wilmore, Darren Fletcher and Nathan Pryke for being of being members of the organisation.
The group shared messages praising Hitler as well as images of them dressed as members of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and giving Nazi salutes.
The organisation, National Action, was banned by the Government after members of the group praised the murder of MP Jo Cox by a Nazi-obsessed loner in 2016.
West Midlands Police posted pictures of the pair posing while holding their baby and a swastika flag.
Mr Thomas also posed in KKK robes with his son, and with a crossbow.
Adam Thomas holding his son while dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. (Suppled: West Midlands Police)
The court in Birmingham heard last month that Mr Thomas and Ms Patatas had given their baby the middle name “Adolf” to express their admiration for the leader of the Third Reich.
Mr Thomas was sentenced to six-and-a-half years and Ms Patatas was given five years.
West Midlands Police said Mr Thomas was also found guilty of possessing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
The British court also heard how the group used several methods to disguise their contact with each other such as using pseudonyms through closed, encrypted messaging platforms, as well as regularly meeting in person to spread their ideology.
National Action is the first far-right group to be banned in Britain for decades.
Far-right parties have grown in much of Europe in the past few years, but in Britain they remain on the fringes of political life.