Chemistry teacher planned to join Islamic State and commit multiple acts of murder

A chemistry teacher determined to fight with Islamic State despite the desperate pleas of his family was prepared to kill in Syria, a court heard.

Javeed prepared to follow them to the country with another member of the group, Nur Hassan, in November 2013, buying clothing, equipment and flight tickets but he was stopped from travelling by his family, who hid the clothes he had prepared, along with his passport.

He pressed ahead with his plans but Javeed, from Levenshulme, Manchester, who taught 11 to 16-year-olds at Sharples High School in Bolton, was arrested in December 2013.

He faces sentence after he pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.

In his basis of plea submitted at a previous hearing Javeed claimed he wanted to go to support the ordinary people of Syria, is not an extremist and has never supported “the aims of Isis as now revealed and understood”.

Mr Denison said it was clear the action Javeed intended to engage in “would have involved the use of firearms and/or explosives”.

He said the case is not about the conflict in Syria, humanitarian aid or Islam, adding: “It is about the defendant assisting others in preparing, and preparing himself, to commit multiple acts of murder in guerilla warfare to advance their religious or ideological cause…