A jury has been told how an alleged Isis supporter tried to “indoctrinate” two young boys by showing them videos of beheadings on his phone.
38-year-old Pharmacist Zameer Ghumra of Leicester told the primary school pupils they should encourage other people to travel to Syria to fight for Isis, the court heard.
Ghumra is on trial for disseminating a terrorist publication, between January 2013 and September 2014.
The jury at Nottingham Crown Court heard that Ghumra was friends with Isis supporters on Twitter and Facebook who he regularly chatted with online.
Prosecutor Simon Davis told the jury:
Mr Davis said one of the boys asked Ghumra how anyone could behead someone else, Mr Davis said:
The alleged indoctrination came to light when one of the two young brothers – who cannot be identified for legal reasons - told his mother and a mentor at his primary school what Ghumra had told him. Mr Davis said:
Ghumra was arrested on November 2, 2015, at Birmingham airport and answered “no comment” to the police at Beaumont Leys police station in Leicester and provided a prepared statement through his lawyer.
Mr Davis said that although the videos seen by the boys had never been recovered, other items on Ghumra’s computer matched what the boys had told the police about. He said:
He added there was no way the boys would know so much about Ghumra’s Twitter conversations if their mother had invented what happened and told her sons to lie to the police and the court.
The trial continues.