British man, 28, ‘went to Syria to fight ISIS after falling out with his mother, losing his job and breaking up with his girlfriend’
- Aidan James left Britain in 2017 using tickets for a Thomas Cook package holiday
- He more motivated to join the militant group as things broke down at home
- The 28-year-old spent five months fighting IS alongside the Kurdish YPG-militia
A British man travelled to Syria to fight Islamic State after falling out with his mother, losing his job and breaking up with his girlfriend, a court heard today.
Aidan James, 28, was arrested when he returned to the UK in February last year after spending five months fighting IS alongside the Kurdish YPG-militia, the Old Bailey was told.
James left Britain in August 2017 using tickets for a Thomas Cook package holiday to Turkey after months of talking with police who tried to change his mind, jurors heard.
Aidan James (pictured), 28, is on trial for fighting against ISIS with a banned Kurdish group
The father-of-one was on bail and had his passport taken away after cops first thought he wanted to travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State, the court was told.
The father-of-one (pictured during his trip to the Middle East) was on bail and had his passport taken away after cops first thought he wanted to join Islamic State
A statement from PC John Ward, an officer working with the anti-terror Prevent programme, told how James became more motivated to join the militant group as things broke down at home.
PC Ward said: ‘He said he had nothing to lose because he had fallen out with his mum, lost his job, and broke up with his girflfriend.
‘He said the only thing that could stop him from going to Syria was having access to his son.’
The jury heard how James was later kicked out of a hostel when he was caught smoking in his room and moved in with ‘Muslim friends.’
Police handed him back his passport and he told them he was going to visit Amsterdam, but the next thing they heard he was in Syria.
Police and Prevent officers became aware of Aidan’s views following a series of Facebook posts, jurors previously heard.
In one on 19 April 2019 he wrote: ‘The road to Rojava starts here, few weeks from now will be in Syria fighting side by side with brothers in arms against the sick regime and ideologies of the so called daesh and other Islamic extremist.
‘I don’t care for people’s opinions this is what I want to do and need to do’.
James, of Formby, Merseyside, denies two charges of attending terrorist training camps.
The trial continues.