Parents feared Canadian teen could carry out terror attack – prosecutor

The youngest person on trial for terrorism offences in Canada was spiralling out of control before his arrest, with his parents fearful he could carry out an attack, a prosecutor told a Montreal youth court on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old boy’s mother was not aware of any specific plans, but expressed her fears to police after he was arrested in October 2014 for robbing a Montreal convenience store when he was 15, prosecutor Lyne Decarie said.

The teen, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, admitted to the robbery but has pleaded not guilty to trying to use the stolen money to join a terrorist group in Syria.