A former Miss Hitler beauty pageant entrant jailed for being a member of far-right terrorist group National Action has been granted a parole hearing.
Alice Cutter, now 25, who has served just 19-months of a three-year sentence, has been given a parole hearing later this month.
If successful, she could be back walking the streets by early summer.
Alice Cutter, pictured, was jailed in 2020 for being a member of the banned far-right terrorist group National Action. The 25-year-old former Miss Hitler beauty pageant entrant could be freed by early summer depending on the outcome of a Parole Board hearing
Cutter, pictured, was one of four neo-Nazis who were jailed by Birmingham Crown Court in June 2020
Cutter is currently being held under closed conditions at HMP New Hall, near the village of Flockton, West Yorkshire
Cutter was among four neo-Nazi ‘diehards’ convicted in June 2020 of being members of the banned terrorist group.
A spokesperson for the Parole Board said: ‘We can confirm the parole review of Alice Cutter has been referred to the Parole Board by the Secretary of State for Justice and is listed for a hearing in late March.
‘Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.
‘A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.
‘Members read and digest hundreds of pages of evidence and reports in the lead up to an oral hearing.
‘Evidence from witnesses including probation officers, psychiatrists and psychologists, officials supervising the offender in prison as well as victim personal statements are then given at the hearing.
‘The prisoner and witnesses are then questioned at length during the hearing which often lasts a full day or more. Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority.’
Cutter is currently being held under closed conditions at HMP New Hall, near the village of Flockton, West Yorkshire.
It once housed the serial killer Rosemary West.
One option for the Parole Board if they do not release her immediately is to downgrade Cutter to an open prison, where she will be eligible for day release
One option for the Parole Board if they do not release her immediately is to downgrade Cutter to an open prison, where she will be eligible for day release.
During her trial, Prosecutors said Cutter, who joked about gassing synagogues and using a Jew’s head as a football, had been a ‘central spoke’ in the organisation and entered the pageant to drive recruitment.
Cutter’s Nazi-admiring former partner Mark Jones was convicted of membership of a terrorist group after a trial in March 2020, alongside co-accused Garry Jack and Connor Scothern.
Sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court Judge Paul Farrer QC told Jones he had played ‘a significant role in the continuation of the organisation’, after its ban in December 2016.
Cutter, pictured left, and her ex-boyfriend Mark Jones, right, were jailed for three and five-and-a-half years respectively
Turning to Cutter, he said: ‘You never held an organisational or leadership role’, but added she was a ‘trusted confidante’ of one the group’s leaders, as well as being in a ‘committed relationship’ with Jones.
Extreme right-wing group National Action (NA), labelled ‘racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic’ by the then-home secretary Amber Rudd, was banned in December 2016 after a series of rallies and incidents, including praise of the murder of MP Jo Cox.
Cutter, who entered the Miss Hitler beauty contest as Miss Buchenwald – a reference to the Second World War death camp – had denied ever being a member, despite attending the group’s rallies, in which banners reading ‘Hitler was right’ were raised.
Jurors were also shown messages in which the waitress joked about gassing synagogues, using a Jew’s head as a football, and exclaiming ‘Rot in hell, bitch’, after hearing of Ms Cox’s murder.
Jones, a former member of the British National Party’s youth wing and a rail engineer, was described at trial as a ‘leader and strategist’ who played a ‘prominent and active role’.
The 25-year-old, originally the group’s London regional organiser, acknowledged posing for a photograph while delivering a Nazi-style salute and holding an NA flag in Buchenwald’s execution room during a trip to Germany in 2016.
Prosecutors described Cutter and Jones, both of Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, as well as Jack and Scothern as ‘active’ group members, even after the ban.
Jack, 24, of Birmingham, had attended almost every meeting of NA’s Midlands sub-group.
Garry Jack, pictured, was jailed for four-and-a-half years in prison for his role in National Action
He also had a previous conviction, from before the group was banned for plastering Birmingham’s Aston University campus with NA’s racially charged stickers, some reading ‘Britain is ours, the rest must go.’
Scothern, 19, from Nottingham, was ‘considered future leadership material’ and had distributed almost 1,500 stickers calling for a ‘final solution’ – in reference to the Nazis’ genocide against Jews.
Cutter was jailed for three years, while Jones received a five-and-a-half-year prison term.
Jack was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison, and Scothern was handed a sentence of detention for 18 months.
Speaking ahead of sentencing, the director of public prosecutions Max Hill QC described NA members as ‘diehards’ who ‘hark back to the days of not just anti-Semitism, but the Holocaust, the Third Reich in Germany’.
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