UK man sentenced to four years and eight months in jail for downloading extremist videos

Manchester man who downloaded guides on how to make a bomb and suicide vest jailed he wanted to know how to best conduct Jihad.

Liam Fenn was sentenced to four years and eight months in jail

A Muslim convert from Wigan who downloaded extremist videos and documents which glorifies and encourages terrorism has been jailed.

Liam Fenn, 21, downloaded an enormous amount of material, even after receiving a clear warning when he was referred to the Prevent counter-terrorism scheme.

Now Fenn has been jailed for four years and eight months and must serve at least two-thirds of his sentence, and will only be released when the Parole Board deem it safe to do so.

Manchester Crown Court heard Fenn, who is autistic, developed a fascination with Islamic extremism, converted to Islam, taught himself classical Arabic and memorised verses of the Quran.

But a judge said much of the material Fenn downloaded had not even passing relevance to his interest in Islam, and ruled that he had at least some terrorist motivation.

He downloaded a number of issues of Rumiyah, an online propaganda magazine used by Islamic State, and other extremist documents.

These included advice on how to carry out acts of terror such as knife attacks, manufacturing bombs, how to create a suicide vest and how to avoid detection.

Fenn also uploaded an eight minute long video entitled EXPOSED, The True Path of ISIS, which featured scenes of executions, beheadings and other graphic violence.

The judge was shown the video in court during the hearing, with the court sitting in chambers without members of the public present.

Police became aware of Fenn when he was referred to the Prevent programme when he was 17.

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