Turkey-bound girl ‘learned lesson’

Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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A teenage girl removed from a plane bound for Turkey by police after being “radicalised” has learned her lesson, a family court judge has been told.

The youngster – taken from a plane late last year after departure was delayed by police – had “expressed great remorse” and was embarrassed, Mr Justice Hayden heard.

Her parents raised the alarm after she went missing and another teenager revealed detail of her plans.

She had become distressed after reading about conflicts in Gaza and Syria and felt that press coverage about Muslims was prejudiced.

Police found “extremist material” on her computer – including a document headed “44 ways to support jihad”, the judge was told.

Detail emerged today at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London where issues relating to a number of teenagers thought to be at risk of travelling to areas controlled by Islamic State were being analysed.

Mr Justice Hayden said the teenager had a “really close shave”.

He said nothing could be reported which might lead to the girl being identified, including her age.

Two barristers – Tina Cook QC, who was representing a local authority with responsibility for the teenager’s care, and Deirdre Fottrell QC, who was representing the teenager – gave the judge detail of what had happened.

Miss Cook said the girl had been found on a plane heading to Istanbul.

“The plane was sitting on the runway and she was taken off the plane by the police,” said Miss Cook.

“She was sitting on the tarmac and police delayed it for half an hour.”

Miss Cook added: “She has expressed great remorse and embarrassment about having done it.”

She said there had been “great panic” when she disappeared and her parents noticed that her passport was missing.

Another child had been “prevailed upon” and the girl was traced.

Police had found “Muslim extremist” material on her computer.

The judge was told that police had advised the girl’s parents to use a piece of software to monitor computers in their home.

He told lawyers: “This is a really close shave”.

Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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