Yorkshire extremist who tried to join IS in Syria to be sentenced in August

An extremist who paid an undercover officer as part of a bid to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria will be sentenced later this year, a court has heard.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 13th May 2017, 7:03 am
Updated Monday, 15th May 2017, 9:23 am
Ghulam Hussain will be sentenced in August.
Ghulam Hussain will be sentenced in August.

Ghulam Hussain earlier admitted two terror offences after being caught preparing to travel to the group's heartland in the Middle East.

The 30-year-old, of Track Road, in Batley, West Yorkshire, had obtained credit cards using false details and bought an airline ticket to travel to Pakistan and return a week later via Turkey.

He was due to be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, but the case was adjourned until August 4 for legal reasons.

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The Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Collier QC said Hussain faces a jail sentence of several years.

Remanding the defendant back into custody, he told him: "It looks, at the moment, likely we will be able to come back to this case on the 4th of August.

"On that date, I hope to be able to tell you what the length of your sentence will be."

Hussain was arrested last year as part of a pre-planned intelligence-led investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

His arrest came after he gave an undercover officer £160 to fund his accommodation as he travelled to join IS.