Alleged neo-Nazi terrorist pledged to ‘continue the fight’, court told
Adam Thomas, who named his baby after Hitler, also allegedly said banned group National Action was ‘still here’.
A father who named his baby after Hitler and is accused of being a “fanatical” neo-Nazi terrorist group member vowed to “continue the fight” despite it being outlawed, a court heard.
Adam Thomas and his partner Claudia Patatas, the mother of his child, are on trial accused of being members of National Action, which was banned in December 2016.
The forrmer Amazon security guard accepted giving his son the middle name Adolf after telling of his “admiration” for the infamous Nazi leader.
A Birmingham Crown Court jury has also seen pictures of Thomas posing for a photograph cradling his newborn son while wearing the hooded white robes of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
The 22-year-old also said a KKK robe found during searches of the couple’s home in Waltham Gardens, Banbury, Oxfordshire, was his, together with a KKK flag found hanging in their lounge window.
He has accepted being a racist but denied being a member of National Action after it was banned by the then-Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who called it a “racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation, which stirs up hatred”.
A third person, Daniel Boguonvic, of Crown Hills Rise, Leicester, is also in the dock accused of the same membership charge.
The Crown’s case is that after being outlawed the group simply “shed one skin for another” and “rebranded”.
Jurors heard evidence from the prosecution on Tuesday alleging National Action’s Midlands chapter took on the name Thule Combat League.
Giving evidence in court for a third day, Thomas was asked about a deleted Skype chat log that was recovered from his laptop.
Barnaby Jameson QC, prosecuting, alleged Thomas made a series of remarks, including one on December 19 2016 that read: “I’m Adam Ze Klansman, political prisoner from Britain.”
The next day he is alleged to have said: “Going into the private military – and I get Claudia.”
Jurors have already heard Thomas said he first met wedding photographer Patatas, 38, on Boxing Day – six days after that remark was made.
The log continued: “We’re connected. We know each other through National Action. We’re both known members.”
On December 23, more than a week after the ban, Thomas was then alleged to have said: “So since NA has been destroyed, the leadership generally of NA agreed it’s to be disbanded. No attempt at revival.
“But the Midlands branch of NA, which is just 17-20 of us, have decided to ignore this and we’ve renamed ourselves the Thule Combat League.
“F***ing traitors. Midlands will continue the fight alone. Scared of Government and kikes.
“I hated the other regions. Because they’re worried about being called terrorists.”
The person alleged to be Thomas continued: “Midlands is still here. We’re still here.
“Exactly the same, just not using that specific name, and more independent as a Midlands region.”
Thomas accepted he was one of the two parties having the conversation but denied sending any of the messages read to court.
Jurors heard the Crown’s IT experts were unable to identify which participant had sent or received each message.
Mr Jameson then asked Thomas: “The ‘Midlands will continue the fight alone’ – is that you?”
Thomas replied: “It may or may not be. There’s just no way of knowing.
“These are recovered messages, the whole conversation is just not here.”
Thomas is also accused of having a copy of terrorist manual the Anarchist Cookbook, containing “viable” bomb-making instructions.
Thomas claimed he had downloaded the cookbook in error while “Googling” for literature on anarchism.
He added: “The most explosive thing in my house is a bottle of bleach under the sink.
“Knives, crossbows – that is my thing – but a bomb? Absolutely not.”
Earlier, Thomas claimed machetes, two crossbows and an axe – kept in a sheath under the bed just a few feet from his baby’s crib – were solely for “home defence”.
Asked by the prosecutor if he recognised the legitimacy of banning National Action, he said: “Now … I’m more accepting.
The trial continues.
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