Mother-of-three who retweeted IS speech is spared jail

A mother-of-three convicted of a terrorism offence after she retweeted a speech by the Islamic State (IS) leader has walked free from court.

Friday, 31st March 2017, 1:15 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:27 pm

Mary Kaya, 57, from Batley, had around 30 followers on her Twitter account when she retweeted the link to an audio clip by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Kaya denied posting the link and claimed her Twitter account as used by someone else.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court earlier this month found her guilty of distributing a terrorist publication likely to encourage people to participate in terrorism.

She yesterday received a 21-custodial sentence, suspended for two years.

She will also be subject to a two-year supervision order and must observe at 7pm and 7am curfew for four months.