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No more jail for grieving father who was ‘groomed’ by IS supporter

He was on Friday freed on a $500 promise to be of good behaviour.

Kocoglu’s barrister Rishi Nathwani had argued that the now 45-year-old was groomed by Georgelas after the death of one of his young twin sons in a devastating house fire in 2011.

He’d spent more time online and examining his faith and ideas in the period afterward, which had led him to Georgelas, the court heard.

Judge Lyons said while Kocoglu had held some extremist views as early as 2005 it was easy to imagine the tragedy had played a role in what transpired.

He agreed there was not much difference between him being “infatuated with” and “groomed by” Georgelas and that the relationship was built on trust, faith and the belief Georgelas needed money to run his pro-Islamic State website.

Kocoglu was the administrator of a supportive Islamic State Facebook group during 2014, when he made a total of four transfers to Georgelas to support the ongoing operation of his website in Syria.

He also suggested a small proportion of the first payment could be directed to Syrian people to provide dates or barley.

Judge Lyons said while the offending was serious, the amounts were small and it was noteworthy the money was not to be spent on arms or ammunition for the terrorist organisation.

The court heard Kocoglu had renounced Islamic State, had no prior offences and had not re-offended in the past five years and was not a threat to the Australian community.


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