Banbury couple appear in court charged with ‘Neo-Nazi’ group membership

Scales of Justice
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A Banbury couple accused of being members of a neo-Nazi terror group that was banned following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox appeared in court today (Tuesday, October 9).

Claudia Patatas, 38, and Adam Thomas, 22, have denied the charges. The pair, of Waltham Gardens, are standing trial at Birmingham Crown Court, along with Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Crown Hills Rise, Leicester.

Thomas is also charged with possessing documents containing terrorist information.

National Action formed in 2013 but was banned following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in June 2016.

Despite being outlawed, the group carried out a ‘white holy war’ to uphold white supremacist values around the country, the trial heard.

Members carried out ‘stickering raids’ at universities around the UK, held demonstrations and posted material online supporting Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan.

Thomas also owned a copy of the Anarchy Cookbook which gave instructions on making explosives, the court heard.

Prosecutor Barnaby Jameson QC said: “This case is about a specific type of terror. It is a terror fueled by hatred and division.

“It is a terror born out of fanatical and tribal belief in white supremacy. It is a terror that regards anyone who falls outside a cult of violent white racial supremacy as ‘sub-human.’

“The cult had particular venom for female Labour MPs perceived as sympathetic to immigrants. It is a terror that can be summarised in two words: ‘White Jihad’ – a white holy war.

“It is a terror spread by a small cell of fanatics of which you will hear a great deal. The world into which this case will take you is a world in which any right-thinking person would wish did not exist.

“It is the world of a group so extreme and violent the government banned it in 2016 under the terrorism legislation.

“This case is about what happened before National Action was banned and what happened after. Other banned terrorist groups include IRA and Islamic State.

“National Action saw their ban, say the Crown, as an invitation to re-configure, re-brand and resume the fight of violent Aryan supremacy from underground.

“Shotguns, assault rifles, knives, ice-picks, cross-bows, long-bows. Two of the accused, Bogunovic and Thomas, had a particular interest in acquiring or owning machetes.

“You will hear about the instructions on making explosive devices – a variety of bombs - found on the computer of the second defendant, Thomas.”

The trial, which is expected to last four weeks, continues.