John Letts and Sally Lane given suspended sentence for sending son money in Syria
An Oxford couple have been spared jail after being found guilty of sending money to their son while he was living under Islamic State in Syria that could have been used to fund terrorism.
John Letts, 58, an internationally renowned organic grain farmer, and Sally Lane, 57, a former Oxfam fundraiser, defied police warnings and sent 223 to Jack Letts, now 23, despite concerns he had joined Isis.
They knew they were breaking the law, the Old Bailey jury was told. In one message, Lane told her son: I would go to prison for you if I thought it gave you a better chance of actually reaching your 25th birthday.
The couple refused to believe that Jack, a Muslim convert, had become an extremist, and sent the money because they believed he was in mortal danger. The prosecution argued that the couple did not want to hear the truth and turned a blind eye to the obvious.
The judge Nicholas Hilliard QC sentenced the couple to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. He said that in their love for their son they had lost sight of realities even though the warning signs were there.