he jury in the trial of the founder of the neo-Nazi group National Action (NA), accused of remaining a member after the organization was banned, has been told that a majority verdict would now be acceptable.
Alex Davies, 27, stands trial at Winchester Crown Court charged with being a member of the banned organization after it was banned on December 16, 2016.
Judge Mark Dennis QC told the jury of six men and six women that after 12 hours and 21 minutes of deliberation he would accept a majority verdict where 12 of the jurors agreed.
Barnaby Jameson QC, prosecuting, told the trial that the UK government banned the group after it “terrorized” towns across the country with its call for “all-out race war”.
Davies is accused of creating NS131, which stood for National Socialist Anti-Capitalist Action and which itself was later banned by the government, as a continuity group.
Davies told the court that NS131 was not created as a continuation of NA and had different purposes and processes.
He said that after the ban he pledged to “advance the cause of National Socialism and not the cause of a continuity NA.”
He added, “After proscription, all I care about is pursuing legal political activities.”
Davies, of Swansea, denies being a member of a banned organization between December 17, 2016 and September 27, 2017, and the trial is continuing.