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Sunday, November 01, 2015
Teen in UK Inspired by Beheading of British Aid Worker
Ednane Mahmood, 19, searched "British man beheaded"
Ednane Mahmood, 19, searched "British man beheaded" on his laptop before downloading the video showing the execution of David Haines, alongside fellow captive Alan Henning kneeling on the ground, Manchester Crown Court was told.
Prosecutor Julian Evans told the jury Mahmood "undeterred by this graphic and violent imagery" began looking up cheap flights to Bulgaria and Turkey.
Not long after he fled his home in Blackburn, Lancashire, in the early hours to attempt to travel to Syria leaving a letter addressed, "to family", stating his intentions.
But his family tipped off police who intercepted him and the teenager is now on trial charged with attempting to travel to Syria to commit acts of terrorism.
CAVENDISH Ednane Mahmood arrives at Manchester Crown Court
Mr Mahmood planned to travel to Syria with the intention of committing acts of terrorism
Prosecutor Julian Evans
Mahmood denies the charge and also pleaded not guilty to two counts of providing others with internet links to speeches and propaganda.
Wearing a grey suit, he listened intently as jurors were told that he left his family home by taxi on September 18 last year to board a flight from Manchester Airport to Bulgaria.
Mahmood was then to purchase a return flight to the Bulgaria's capital of Sofia on September 15, last year, so as not to arouse suspicions.
Mr Evans said: "Mr Mahmood planned to travel to Syria with the intention of committing acts of terrorism. That is the overwhelming inference to be drawn from the nature of the subjects he was researching and the material he was viewing in the lead up to his departure.
"He took that early morning flight intending to travel to Syria to engage in acts of terrorism, that is namely to fight in Syria with and on behalf of the group or organisation then known as ISIS.
"When he left he did so with little money, few possessions and did so with no means of communicating with others."
PA British aid worker Alan Henning was executed by ISIS militants
The court heard how the teenager's family were unaware of their son's plans and on the day that the fled they reported him missing to the police, who found a latter explaining Mahmood's intentions when they searched his home.
Mr Evans added: "He was telling his family in the clearest terms that he was leaving the comforts of his life in the UK in order to fight abroad on behalf of Allah and on behalf of Muslims.
"He did not care what others might think of him and his decision and he was well aware that he was putting himself in harm's way and that he might die as a consequence."
Mahmood's interest in the terror group and Syria was said to have developed some time from 2012.
REX Ednane Mahmood searched David Haine's beheading
But in the months before he fled, his searches became "increasingly acute".
In one private Facebook message, promoting ISIS as unstoppable, he wrote: "I love this vid."
An examination from the Toshiba laptop found at his family home showed that he posted links to ISIS videos showing militants shooting soldiers and suicide bombers.
And in August last year he appeared to describe ISIS as the "victorious group".
The court heard how later that month he searched YouTube for terms over the American journalist James Foley, who was brutally executed by the sick jihadis.
He also posted an image on Facebook on August 31, last year, writing: "I wish I could fight in the cause of Allah and then be killed, and then fight, and then be killed, and then fight, and then be killed."
But jurors were told how Mahmood never got to Syria because his brother managed to persuade him to return home after contacting him online.