A woman who entered a “Miss Hitler” beauty pageant in order to attract new members to the neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action and was found guilty of membership in the proscribed organisation has now been sentenced to three years in prison.
Alice Cutter, who is 23 years old, used the name “Buchenwald Princess” to enter the online ‘National Action Miss Hitler 2016’ contest in June 2016, weeks after her now ex-partner, Mark Jones, visited the execution room of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
Ms Cutter was described in the trial as a “central spoke” of the banned group, exchanging hundreds of messages, including racist and antisemitic material, attending meetings with group leaders despite the ban, posing for a Nazi salute outside Leeds Town Hall in 2016 and attending a demonstration in York in May 2016. She had also joked about gassing synagogues and using a Jew’s head as a football.
Mr Jones is reportedly a “leader and strategist” of the organisation, as well as a former member of the British National Party’s youth wing. The court heard that he held “feelings of admiration” for Adolf Hitler and had a special wedding edition of Mein Kampf. He also gave a Nazi salute on his visit to Buchenwald’s execution chamber.
Mr Jones was sentenced to five-and-a-half years, as the judge said he had played “a significant role in the continuation of the organisation” after its proscription by the British Government following pressure by Campaign Against Antisemitism.
Also sentenced were Garry Jack, 24, who reportedly self-identifies as a Nazi and was given four-and-a-half years in prison while Connor Scothern, 19, who was apparently a practicing Muslim and activist with the extremist anti-fascist group, Antifa, before joining National Action, was given a sentence of eighteen months in prison.
Another defendant, Daniel Ward, 28, pleaded guilty to being a member of National Action last year. He was jailed for three years.
According to police, the group was preparing weapons for a “race war”.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “We are pleased with today’s sentences, which send a clear signal that those promoting far-right antisemitism will face the full force of the law. But these prosecutions are not enough, and we continue to urge the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute antisemites of whatever political persuasion so that justice can be delivered for the Jewish community.”
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