John Letts and Sally Lane spared jail following ‘terrorism funding’ trial for sending money to son, Jack Letts, in Syria

Friday 21 June 2019

Henry Blaxland QC and Tom Wainwright were instructed by Tayab Ali, Itpal Dhillon and Anna Renou of ITN Solicitors.

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The parents of Jack Letts, a young British man alleged to have fought in Syria, were spared jail after they sent money to Lebanon at their son’s request in September 2015. A jury at the Central Criminal Court acquitted them of a further charge under the Terrorism Act 2000 and were unable to reach a verdict on a third charge. Both were handed suspended sentences after the judge agreed that they did not know that the money might be used for terrorism. The parents issued a statement after court describing their cooperation and repeated requests for help from the police and the government.

Henry Blaxland QC and Tom Wainwright of Garden Court acted for John Letts in these extraordinary and complex proceedings, in the course of which the case was appealed to the Supreme Court to determine the requisite state of mind for the offence and then again to the Court of Appeal in relation to the availability of the defence of duress of circumstances.

This has been reported in the media including BBC and Daily Mail.

Henry Blaxland QC and Tom Wainwright are members of the Garden Court Crime team.

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