Jihadi Jack: I feel guilty for what I’ve done to parents

John Letts and wife Sally arrive at court

John Letts and wife Sally arrive at court

The parents of a British Muslim convert dubbed "Jihadi Jack" were spared jail Friday after being convicted of funding terrorism by sending him money after he joined the Islamic State group.

The fogeys of a Muslim convert dubbed "Jihadi Jack" had been stumbled on responsible of funding terrorism.

John Letts, 58, an organic grain farmer, and Sally Lane, 57, who formerly worked in marketing and book publishing, defied police warnings when they sent or attempted to send £1,723 to their son, Jack Letts, now 23.

The jury deliberated for almost 20 hours before finding them guilty of one charge of funding terrorism.

They were sentenced to 15 months in jail, but the sentence was suspended for 12 months. In a statement following their trial they maintained they did "what any parent would do if they thought that their child's life was in danger".

A Canadian dual national through his father, Jack Letts left the family home aged 18 in May 2014 and embarked on what his parents saw as a "grand adventure" to learn Arabic in Jordan.

Then in September, Lane transferred money to an account in Lebanon after Jack Letts insisted it had "nothing to do with jihad".

She told him: "I would scurry to penitentiary for you if I believed it gave you the next probability of no doubt reaching your Twenty fifth birthday".

"It was one thing for parents to be optimistic about their children and I do acknowledge he is your son who you love very much", said Justice Nicholas Hilliard in sentencing them, reported the Independent.

"But on this context you did lose investigate cross-take a look at of realities".

He urged the couple: "The warning indicators were there for you to scrutinize".

He acknowledged that they had been "shiny adults" who residing aside their suspicions to "please your son".

The court heard they sent £223 to their son despite being told by police not to.

But they did anyway, convinced he could use it to pay a people smuggler to get him out of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of ISIL's so-called caliphate, which fell to US -aided forces in 2017.

In mitigation for Lane, he said she was a loving mother who had shown her "trenchant" opposition to Islamic State.

"I'm convinced this made him vulnerable to manipulation".

"We are dedicated to serve Jack return home".

"Saying they wanted to help Jack is not a defence", she said.

The prosecution had argued that the couple "did not want to hear the truth".

She added Letts and Lane were repeatedly told by "numerous police officers" not to send any money.

Letts and Lane were stumbled on no longer responsible of sending a extra £1,000 in December 2015 and the jury might no longer attain a verdict on the couple sending £500 in January 2016.

Linus Doubtfire posted a listing on Facebook as he performed his Commando Artillery Direction in the British military.

Jack then posted: "I'd appreciate to build a martyrdom operation in this scene".

Jenny Hopkins from the CPS said: "It is natural for parents to care for their son but Sally Lane and John Letts were warned of Jack's activities and told not to send him money or risk prosecution".

Letts and Lane criticised the authorities for his or her lack of action in serving to Jack, and others, return to the United Kingdom from Syria. Five years I haven't seen my mum, two years I haven't spoken to my mum.

"Successfully there might be never a authorities policy for British electorate, alongside with children, trapped in Syria".

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