West London man who plotted to fake passport and join ISIS in Syria is jailed for nine years

Francesca Gillett
Jabed Hussain, 22, who lived in Acton, has been jailed for nine years: Met Police

A young west Londoner who plotted to travel to Syria and join Isis has been jailed for nine years.

Jabed Hussain, 22, from Acton, changed his name by deed poll in a bid to evade officials in his quest to join the terrorist group.

He first tried to travel to the Middle Eastern country in August 2015 but was caught by Turkish authorities at the border.

He was returned to the UK but was caught again after he changed his name to Ishaq Jabir Hussain and applied for a new passport.

Commander Dean Haydon, of the Met’s Counter Terrorism unit, said: “Hussain made a concerted effort to get to Syria and intended to join Isis.

“Changing his name was a poor attempt to evade the authorities which was always destined to fail."

ISIS-hopeful Hussain pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey in November last year to two charges of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to the Terrorism Act.

The former accountancy firm worker showed no emotion as he was sentenced at the Old Bailey.

Judge Anuja Dhir said: "Your first trip was almost successful.

"When you were returned to the UK you were committed to making fresh plans to travel to Syria.

"One of the people you discussed your plans with and your hatred of Western society was an undercover police officer."


After the first attempt failed, Hussain sought help from others to get to Syria. This included the undercover officer who would later help catch the suspect.

The court heard police raided a mosque in west London where Hussain had been staying and found his personal possessions included terrorist material, as well as electronic devices containing images of decapitated heads and the Houses of Parliament in flames with an IS flag flying above it.

Sentencing Hussain to jail terms of nine and seven years, to run concurrently, Ms Dhir said: "I am satisfied that there is a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm occasioned by the commission by you of further specified offences and that you are dangerous.

"The public owes a debt of gratitude to those working for law enforcement who managed to prevent you from travelling to Syria."

Earlier this month another man from Willesden was found guilty of trying to join ISIS in Syria after he was accosted at Gatwick Airport as he was boarding a plane.

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