Somalian who ‘planned attack’ on Jews jailed for trying to join ISIS
He kept up a veneer of hard-working respectability, sending money to his families abroad while applying for loans to bankroll his trip to IS territory. But in an online chat, he fell in love with a jihadi bride in Norway and discussed committing atrocities in the UK with a fellow Somali living in Kenya.
He was found guilty of preparing terrorist acts on or before May 23 last year following a trial at the Old Bailey in February, and Judge Martin Edmunds QC jailed him for eight years with a further four years on extended licence.
He told the defendant: “In travelling you were abandoning your two families, one in Holland and one in Kenya, behind. “On the surface you appeared to be a hard-working man, regularly sending money to your families. But under the surface you were increasingly radicalised.
“During your conversations with Abdirahman Hassan in Kenya you had discussions about the murder of David Cameron and Her Majesty the Queen and about committing atrocities against football fans and members of the Jewish community in the Tottenham area.
“These conversations although chilling, dangerous and testament to your increasing radicalisation were in my judgment more in the nature of fantasy than conspiracy.
“I am not sentencing you, indeed cannot sentence you, on this charge, for threatened acts of terrorism in this country.”
He added: “Given the scope of your ambition, including your fantasies about the commission of very grave terrorist acts in the UK, and your hatred for those who do not share your views, I have no hesitation in finding you to be dangerous within the meaning of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.”
The court had heard how the IS fan tried to raise money for his trip by applying for various loans, securing £10,000 from Barclays for a “wedding”, jurors were told.