Dad ‘planned to fight for Islamic State in Syria’ – court told

A dad’s plans to fight alongside the Islamic State in Syria were put on hold when his wife got pregnant with their sixth child, a court heard.

Mohammed Kahar led a “normal life” to outward appearances but harboured a desire to engage and convince others to join in ‘holy war’, it is claimed.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 37-year-old Muslim, of Burnville Road, Sunderland, who worked as a chef and had a business interest in a local restraurant, had already been in touch with a travel agent to inquire about prices for the trip.