Self-confessed racist denies raising baby named after Hitler to be ‘miniature Nazi’

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An alleged far-right terrorist who named his baby son after Hitler has told a jury it was not his goal to raise a “miniature Nazi”.

Adam Thomas, who is accused of being a member of banned group National Action, said being involved in far-right activism and politics “can devastate your life”, adding he has made “mistakes”.

The 22-year-old, who is a self-confessed racist, has previously accepted he gave his son the middle name Adolf because of his “admiration” of Hitler.

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court have previously seen a photograph said to be of Thomas in his Ku Klux Klan robes and cradling his baby.

He is on trial alongside his partner, Claudia Patatas, 38, of Waltham Gardens, Banbury, Oxfordshire, who are both accused of being members of the proscribed organisation, which was banned in December 2016.

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Alleged neo-Nazi terrorist Claudia Patatas, 38, leaving Birmingham Crown Court (Aaron Chown/PA)

When officers searched the couple’s address they found an extensive collection of weaponry including two machetes, crossbows and an axe, together with flags and pendants associated with National Action.

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Thomas wearing the hooded white robes of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) while brandishing a machete in front of a KKK flag at his home in Oxfordshire. (West Midlands Police/PA)

The Crown’s case is that, after the ban, former members, including the three on trial, took the organisation underground and “shed one skin for another”.

Thomas was repeatedly asked on Monday by prosecuting barrister Barnaby Jameson QC if, in naming his son Adolf, he was “looking to raise a miniature Nazi”.

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Patatas and Thomas pose with their baby and a Swastika flag at home (West Midlands Police/PA)

“Getting involved in the far right can devastate your life, it has cost me the first year of my child’s life, my house, my job – if I could turn back the clock I would.

“I don’t wish to push my mistakes on my own child.”

Thomas also described Thomas Mair, who murdered Labour MP Jo Cox, as “an absolute idiot” who had achieved “nothing” through the killing.

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A selfie of Patatas, posed in front of what the prosecution allege is the flag of an underground successor organisation of National Action (West Midlands Police/PA)

The discussion turned to a concert by the rapper Stormzy, prompting Patatas to have allegedly said: “I would happily tie them all together and set them on fire.”

Another member in the group then said: “A dead n***** necklace?”, prompting Patatas to reply: “Ha.”

Mr Jameson asked Thomas, stood in the witness box wearing a striped blue suit: “Who is Stormzy? What colour is he?”

Thomas replied: “He’s a rapper. He’s black.”

Reading out Patatas’ comment, Mr Jameson asked: “Who is she referring to?”

Thomas replied: “Claudia wouldn’t do that though, she wouldn’t harm a fly.”

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Stormzy, the grime artist, was a topic of conversation for members of the Telegram chat group. (Ian West/PA)

He asked Thomas: “I suggest that you and Miss Patatas both had something in common – a shared hatred of people you both referred to as n*****s.”

Thomas, who is originally from Sutton Coldfield and grew up in Birmingham, referred to a previous answer he had given the Crown’s QC, in which he said: “It’s not a crime.

“I’d like to know where we are going with this because so far we haven’t seen a single piece of evidence of any criminal activity.”

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Two machetes found in Thomas’ home following searches by police (West Midlands Police/PA)

Thomas said: “It’s just a sick joke isn’t it?”

He added: “I can only apologise to the jury and my lord (the judge) for being exposed to these kind of comments and derogatory terms.

“It still doesn’t constitute a crime, as morally abhorrent as it is.”

Asked if he was a Holocaust denier, he replied it was “a complicated matter”.

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The scene at Thomas and Patatas’ home in Banbury, Oxfordshire, with a KKK flag hanging in the lounge window, and two Swastika cushions (West Midlands/PA)

“They were fanatical, highly motivated, energetic, closely-linked and mobile.”

Asked about those who have already been convicted or admitted being members of National Action, Thomas replied they may have had “the wrong jury”.

He added: “Some people would just not be willing to listen, just think ‘you’re a racist, I’m convicting you’, end of (story).”

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