Teenage Girl Who Planned To Travel To Syria To Become A Nurse For ISIS After Converting From Sikhism To Islam And Being Radicalised Online Is Jailed For Three-And-A-Half Years

From the Daily Mail:
A teenage girl who planned to travel to Syria to commit terrorist acts after being radicalised in online chatrooms has been jailed for three-and-a-half-years.

Muslim convert Sandeep Samra, 18, became frantic to obtain a new passport after her original travel documents were cancelled, frustrating her hope of ‘going for death’ in the so-called Islamic State.

Birmingham Crown Court was told Samra, of Coventry, wrote ‘May Allah give me death in the cause’ in a social media message shortly before her arrest in nearby Old Church Road last July.

And when police trawled though her mobile phones they found videos of an Isis fighter carrying out an execution, while a message was recovered stating that Samra intended to ‘join in with the brothers.’

The health and social care student, originally from a Sikh background, told the court her ‘jihad’ would have been working as a nurse in Syria….

The judge, who ordered Samra to serve an extended one-year licence period after her release, praised her family and staff at her former school for involving the police in attempts to halt her radicalisation.

A two-day trial-of-issue was told Samra’s messages on WhatsApp and the Telegram app suggested she intended to carry out acts of violence in support of Daesh.

In her evidence to the court, Samra, who is from a Sikh family, said she explored the religion further while on remand after deciding Islam, which she still respected, was ‘not something for me’.

The teenager pleaded guilty to a single count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts by planning to travel to Syria between June 1 last year and July 31.

Opening the Crown’s submissions, prosecution QC Sarah Whitehouse told the court: ‘In July 2015, when she was 16 years old, it is apparent from WhatsApp messages found on her telephone that she had become a supporter of Islamic State.’…

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