Alluding to Hamid’s mental conditions, defence barrister Naeem Mian said: “It will be a living nightmare, my lord, a living nightmare.
“If it could be said of anybody, he needs to get out more, it’s Mr Hamid.”Luckily, this fell on deaf ears:
Judge Peter Rook QC rejected his plea for a suspended sentence and said there needed to be a deterrent.
He said the IS video, produced and edited to a “very high standard” by the media centre responsible for the terrorist organisation’s publications, had glorified its fighters and “goads” the military forces. The judge highlighted the defendant’s “extensive library of extremist material” which was uncovered by police following his arrest in February.
While acknowledging Bangladesh-born Hamid had said he had learned his lesson, the judge said: “There must be a significant element of deterrent and in my view an immediate custodial sentence is inevitable.”Two years. Not much of 'a living hell' either.