BRITAIN’S youngest terrorist has been locked up for two years after plans to cause death and destruction were found hidden in his Dewsbury bedroom.
Schoolboy Hammaad Munshi was just 15 when he was recruited into a worldwide plot to wipe out non-Muslims and longed to become a “martyr”.
Munshi, a GCSE student and grandson of a leading Islamic scholar, led a double life, obediently attending school by day and surfing jihadist websites at night.
He was part of a cell of cyber groomers devoted to brainwashing the vulnerable into killing “kuffar”, or non-believers.
Munshi, 18, of Greenwood Street, Savile Town, Dewsbury, was found guilty last month of compiling information likely to be useful in terrorism.
London’s Blackfriars Crown Court heard how he downloaded files about making napalm, detonators and grenades for himself and terrorist comrades Aabid Khan and Sultan Muhammad.
Sentencing him at the Old Bailey today to two years in a young offenders’ institution, Judge Timothy Pontius said that he “fell under the spell of fanatical extremists”.
He added: “There is no doubt that you knew what you were doing.”
The judge said the nature of what Munshi downloaded, including a document called How to Make Napalm, made it a ‘particularly serious offence’.
He told Munshi: “You have brought very great shame upon yourself, your family and your religion.
“However, in the light of the evidence, I have no doubt at all that you, amongst other of similar immaturity and vulnerability, fell under the spell of fanatical extremists, and your co-defendant Aabid Khan in particular.
“They took advantage of your youthful naivety in order to indoctrinate you with pernicious and warped ideas masquerading as altruistic religious zeal.
“Were it not for Aabid Khan’s malign influence, I doubt this offence would ever have been committed.”
The judge said he took into account Munshi’s age, but added: “It is plainly a case where deterrence must be in the forefront of the court’s mind.”
Harendra de Silva QC, defending, said the schoolboy had been subjected to “grooming and manipulation” by others who were “more criminally inclined”.
He said Munshi’s relatives were devastated by what had happened “not least because of the shame that it has brought upon this very upstanding family”.
Munshi ran a website selling hunting knives and Islamic flags and had the online profile “fidadee”, meaning a “person ready to sacrifice himself”.
The grandson of Sheikh Yakub Munshi, president of the Islamic Research Institute of Great Britain at the Markazi Mosque, Dewsbury, he was arrested, aged 16, on his way home from school one day.
He was carrying ball-bearings, said to be the shrapnel of choice for suicide bombers, in his pockets.