A 28-year-old man from Nottingham who planned to travel to the Philippines to fight with a banned terrorist group has been convicted today.
A jury at Woolwich Crown Court found Ryan Counsell guilty of preparation of acts of terrorism and possession of a document used in preparing an act of terrorism.
The trial heard how Counsell planned to join and fight with Abu Sayyaf, a proscribed terrorist organisation which has pledged allegiance to Daesh (so-called Islamic State).
Sue Hemming, Head of CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said:
“Ryan Counsell meticulously planned his attempt to join a terrorist organisation which is responsible for atrocities across the Philippines and has pledged allegiance to Daesh.
“He attempted to conceal his plan but prosecutors were able to successfully demonstrate his true intent to the jury.”
Counsell had booked flights and accommodation in the Philippines, also booking a return leg in attempt to convince investigators that he was going on holiday.
He was also in possession of documents related to Daesh which contained bomb making instructions and guides to operating as a terrorist in the West.
- Three counts of possession of a document containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism
- One count of engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts.