A man accused of being a member of a neo-Nazi terror group owned a special “wedding edition” of Mein Kampf, a court has heard.
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court heard that Mark Jones told other extremists he had paid “a lot” for the copy of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, which featured a Nazi party application form.
Jones, 24, and his 22-year-old partner Alice Cutter, both of Mulhalls Mill, Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, deny being members of the group National Action, which was outlawed by the Government in December 2016.
Their trial heard that Jones claimed he had the book during a discussion on an online chat group in February 2017.
Writing under the username Grandaddy Terror, he posted: “£50 for a book. F*** me. What are you actually getting for 50? I paid a lot for an original wedding edition of Mein Kampf with nsdap application form in the back but that’s a rarity. I would not pay that much for normal books.”
Jurors were also shown a picture – recovered by police in September 2017 – of a masked man alleged to be Jones holding a copy of Mein Kampf.
Other messages from the group chat were read to the court, which included posts allegedly from Cutter telling a wheelchair-user to “get back in the sea where you belong”.
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A series of messages allegedly written by the 22-year-old, who is said to have entered National Action’s Miss Hitler contest, said: “I discovered my least favourite demographic. Uppity retards.”
Alongside Jones and Cutter, Garry Jack, 23, from Heathland Avenue, Shard End, Birmingham, and 18-year-old Connor Scothern, of Bagnall Avenue, Nottingham, also deny belonging to National Action between December 2016 and September 2017.
The trial continues.