Willesden teen who flew to Syria to join ISIS due to be sentenced today

Yahya Rashid is due to be sentenced today

Yahya Rashid is due to be sentenced today - Credit: Archant

A Willesden teenager with an IQ of just 65 who blew his fraudulently claimed student loan on a trip to Syria to join ISIS is due to be sentenced today.

CCTV footage of Rashid at Gatwick Airport

CCTV footage of Rashid at Gatwick Airport - Credit: Archant

Yahya Rashid, 19, raised the funds for his airfare by blagging his way on to a course to study Middlesex University using a forged certificate for a BTech level 3 diploma.

The former Alperton Community School pupil then used his student loan to fly to Turkey so he could help four companions travel to war-torn Syria with him in February.

He was able to outfox a suspicious police officer at Gatwick Airport with his pals Khalid Abdul-Rahman and Ibrahim Amouri by claiming he was going to Casablanca to ‘look for love not war’.

The trio travelled to an ISIS safe house on the Syrian border with fellow jihadis Swaleh Mohammed and his wife, Deqo Osman before Rashid got cold feet and returned to the UK after his family begged him to come home.

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Rashid was arrested at Luton airport on March 31 and charged with preparing to commit an act of terrorism and assisting others to commit acts of terrorism.

He had denied the charges and was convicted last week.

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Prior to his trial Rashid pleaded guilty to an offence of fraud which related to his use of a forged BTEC qualification to secure a place at Middlesex University and subsequently obtained a student loan.

He will be sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court.

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