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Man convicted after showing child graphic Daesh beheading video

05/10/2017

A pharmacist from Leicester has today (5 October 2017) been convicted for showing graphic beheading videos to a young child as part of a plan to radicalise two young children.

The Daesh training videos included images of how to behead someone and featured a man saying that they would continue to behead American soldiers if more were sent to the region. The video continued with a beheading. When one child questioned how Daesh could behead someone, Zameer Ghumra replied that if the child truly believed in Allah, then they would do it.

Ghumra also taught the children, who were both under 10 at the time, how to fight and throw a knife. He set them up with their own Twitter accounts so they could follow other Daesh supporters.

On one occasion he asked a child if he wanted to go to Syria with him or stay in the UK to persuade others to join Daesh. The child said he wanted to stay.

The victim also told Nottingham Crown Court that Ghumra said the child could not have non-Muslim friends and if anyone said anything derogatory about Islam, they had to punish them.

The CPS applied to the court for special measures so both children could give evidence via videolink and did not have to come face-to-face with Ghumra.

The CPS explained to the court that this behaviour was part of a pattern of conduct which showed Ghumra held extremist views. On one occasion when speaking about Daesh to a customer at his pharmacy he said: "they're not bad people, they're only defending themselves".

When his computer was examined it contained more than 1,600 internet search entries for subjects like survival, bush craft, and survival knives.

The defendant denied that he was responsible for showing the children violent videos or sharing information about Daesh but the CPS was able to show there was no other possible way the young children could have viewed or had access to such information.

Zameer Ghumra will be sentenced on Friday 6 October.

Sue Hemming from the CPS said: "Zameer Ghumra tried to brainwash impressionable children with this violent ideology by making one watch beheading videos and urging them both to adopt a hard-line religious outlook.

"The CPS case was that he intended to radicalise them in the hope that they would go on to be involved in terrorism.

"The children were brave to give evidence and we would like to thank them for helping to secure this conviction of a dangerous man."

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Notes to Editors

  1. Zameer Ghumra (dob 05/04/1979) was found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of one count of disseminating a terrorist publication contrary to section 2(1) and 2(2)(d) of the Terrorism Act 2006. Between 1 January 2013 and 23 September 2015, he provided a service to others namely played a video on his mobile phone which enabled others to listen to or to look at a terrorist publication, namely a video of a beheading, intending an effect of his conduct to be a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
  2. Sue Hemming is Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS
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