Banbury neo-Nazi woman 'had fascist tattoo on her back', court hears

Claudia Patatas leaving Birmingham Crown Court where she is on trial accused of being part of a banned far-right group. Photo: SWNS.com
Claudia Patatas leaving Birmingham Crown Court where she is on trial accused of being part of a banned far-right group. Photo: SWNS.com

A neo-Nazi woman from Banbury accused of being part of a banned far-right group had a fascist symbol tattoed on her back, a court heard today (Wednesday, October 17).

Jurors were shown a photograph allegedly of Claudia Patatas, taken on October 28, 2016, which shows a freshly-tattooed 'black sun' symbol.

Claudia Patatas' tattoo - a 'black sun' used by the SS in Nazi Germany. Photo: SWNS.com

Claudia Patatas' tattoo - a 'black sun' used by the SS in Nazi Germany. Photo: SWNS.com

The symbol was used by the SS military unit during Nazi-era Germany - and was used as promotional material by banned far right terrorist group National Action.

The photo was on a phone seized from Patatas, 38, and partner Adam Thomas, 22, following a police search of their home in Waltham Gardens.

The couple are on trial at Birmingham Crown Court accused of being members of National Action along with Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Leicester.

Thomas is also charged with possessing terrorist material, which contains information on how to make explosives.

The court also heard more racist messages the pair posted in an encrypted chat group after National Action was banned in December 2016.

Photos seen by the jury show a man alleged to be Thomas in Klu Klux Klan robes, while another shows the pair with a Swastika flag.

Thomas was also found to have a cache of weapons, including machetes, an axe and crossbows - and carried out target practice in his back garden.

The trio deny all the charges - the trial continues.