A MUSLIM convert dubbed Jihadi Jack ranted about decapitating an old school friend after finding out he had joined the Army, a court heard.
Despite Jack Letts’ online outburst, his shocked parents still tried to help him, the Old Bailey was told.
Farmer John Letts, 58, and his wife Sally Lane, 56, are on trial accused of sending him — or trying to — a total of £1,723, even though they had reason to believe he had joined Daesh in Syria.
Jack Letts left the family home in Oxford in 2014 aged 18. By early 2015, the defendants knew their son had married in Iraq and had no intention of returning to Britain, jurors heard.
The court was told in July that year, Jack Letts commented he would love to ‘perform a martyrdom operation’ after Linus Doubtfire posted a Facebook picture as he completed his Commando Artillery Course in the British Army.
Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC said his mother allegedly urged him not to be ‘so stupid’, saying: ‘How did we bring you up to be so easily manipulated?’
Her son said he ‘honestly’ wanted to cut Mr Doubtfire’s head off or ‘put six bullets’ in it and would ‘happily’ kill everyone in his old unit.
Lane replied: ‘I’m really hoping your disgusting comments about cutting people’s heads off are not coming from you, i.e. someone else is using your account.’ Despite this, she is said to have transferred money to Lebanon in September 2015 after her son insisted it had ‘nothing to do with jihad’.
John Letts and Lane deny three charges of funding terrorism. The trial continues.