Jury considering verdict in Co Tyrone Islamic convert case

Image posted online on June 14, 2014, appearing to show an unknown Islamic State fighter with captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq (AP).
Image posted online on June 14, 2014, appearing to show an unknown Islamic State fighter with captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq (AP).

A jury has retired to consider a verdict in the trial of a Muslim convert accused of planning to take her three young children to join their father in Syria.

Trainee maths teacher Lorna Moore, 33 and originally from Omagh in Co Tyrone, is charged with failing to tell authorities her teacher husband Sajid Aslam, 34, was poised to join Islamic State.

Her co-defendant, Ayman Shaukat, 27, is accused of helping Aslam and Muslim convert Alex Nash, 22, on their way to fight.

The Old Bailey has heard how Aslam and Nash were among a group of friends from Walsall, West Midlands, who allegedly set off for the war zone in 2014. At least one of them is now dead.

Moore, of Glebe Street, Walsall, denies failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism on or before August 24 2014 that might be of assistance in securing the apprehension of Aslam.

Shaukat, of Pargeter Street, Walsall, denies two counts of preparing for terrorist acts.

See details of earlier hearing here, when she told the court her husband should “grow a pair” and come forward to explain himself to the police,