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Man’s jail sentence extended after admitting terrorism offences

Abdul-Rehman Gul

A man already serving life imprisonment has had his sentence increased, after admitting to circulating Daesh propaganda from a phone hidden in his cell.

Abdul-Rehman Gul, 23, was today (21/6) jailed for an additional three years at the Central Criminal Court, after previously pleading guilty to five counts of dissemination of terrorist publications, contrary to section two of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Gul was arrested after a Samsung camera phone was found hidden within his stereo during a targeted search undertaken at his cell at HMYOI Aylesbury in May 2017.

After being examined by digital investigators at Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE), the phone was found to contain over 600 images of extremist material, including Daesh executions, jihadist group emblems, weapons and images of Osama Bin Laden.

A number of graphic videos were also found on the device showing footage from Daesh’s media arm, Al Hayat, and one titled ‘Slaughter house style mass killing Islamic State’.

In addition, investigators found that the phone had been used to communicate with other prisoners, sharing some of the footage and discussing the videos.

Gul was later charged and subsequently pleaded guilty to all five offences on 19 March 2019.

He had previously been sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of four-and-a-half years, for three counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, after attacking three women with a knife in 2016. Prior to being convicted of the latest offences, he had been eligible for parole.

Gul will also serve an additional year on extended probation, and be subject to a 10-year terrorism notification order.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTPSE, said: “There is absolutely no excuse for sharing terrorist and extremist footage and those already in prison are not exempt from this.

“Investigators with significant experience of the violent and sickening videos peddled by Daesh described some of the footage as the most graphic they had come across, which demonstrates the extent of Gul’s mind-set.

“I am hugely grateful to all those involved in the case, and we continue to work alongside our partners in the prison service, and with police forces across the south east, to ensure that people distributing such imagery are brought to justice.”