Woman who practised knife fights with her jihadist brother AVOIDS jail

Woman, 26, who practised knife fights with her Uber driving jihadist brother as he plotted terror attacks on Gay pride and Madame Tussauds AVOIDS jail after judge said she acted out of ‘misguided loyalty’

  • Mohiussunnath Chowdhury was jailed after planning a massacre in the capital
  • His sister Sneha Chowdhury, 26, was told by her brother he ‘looked at bare terrorist sh** on the internet’ and planned on ‘doing another attack’, court heard
  • But a judge suspended her sentence, finding she is not a ‘risk… to the public’ 

A woman who practised knife fights with her jihadist brother as he plotted a terrorist attack in London has been spared jail after a judge said she acted out of ‘misguided loyalty’.

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 29, was last month jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years after planning a gun, knife and van massacre in the capital.

He was arrested after unwittingly revealing to undercover police officers his plans to target popular tourist attractions, including Madame Tussauds, the gay Pride parade and an open-top sightseeing bus. 

The former Uber driver also bragged about deceiving an Old Bailey jury which cleared him of a sword attack on police outside Buckingham Palace in August 2017.

His sister Sneha Chowdhury, 26, knew he was training with wooden swords, practising knife fighting and rehearsing beheading attacks at the family home in Luton, a Woolwich Crown Court trial heard. 

Mohiussunnath told her he had ‘looked at bare (a lot of) terrorist sh** on the internet’ and planned on ‘doing another attack’.

Sneha was convicted in February of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism between April 13 and July 3 2019 following a trial alongside her brother. 

Judge Andrew Lees said he had decided to take the ‘exceptional’ step of suspending her prison sentence, imposing a 60-day rehabilitation requirement and notification order, after finding she does not ‘present a risk or danger to the public’.

Sneha was today handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years. 


Mohiussunnath Chowdhury (pictured right), 29, was last month jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years after planning a gun, knife and van massacre in the capital. Sneha Chowdhury (left), 26, was today handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, for failing to tell police about an imminent attack

 One of the images Mohiussunnath Chowdhury had drawn is shown above. It is a cartoon of a terrorist shooting a police officer

‘I accept you were subject to controlling behaviour by the male members of your family,’ the judge told her. ‘Nevertheless, your relationship with your brother is very close.

‘There is no evidence that you shared or had any interest in his extremist views. I accept you didn’t do what you should’ve done out of a misguided loyalty to your brother.’

The defendant, dressed in black, was supported by her husband and cousins in court.

She sobbed in the dock, smiled, then hugged her family members and barrister after she walked free from the courtroom.

Her brother was befriended by four undercover officers, posing as like-minded extremists, after he was freed from Belmarsh prison when jurors cleared him in December 2018 of slashing police with a sword outside the Queen’s London home while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.

The evidence gathered led to convictions for engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, collecting information likely to be useful to someone preparing an act of terrorism and disseminating terrorist publications.

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury bragged about deceiving an Old Bailey jury which cleared him of a sword attack on police outside Buckingham Palace in August 2017. A police image of the sword used during the incident outside Buckingham Palace in London is pictured above

Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said Sneha Chowdhury knew her brother had bought training equipment and was planning to launch another terrorist attack, with conversations between the pair captured in secret recordings.

Chowdhury told her he had ‘looked at bare (a lot of) terrorist sh** on the internet’ and planned on ‘doing another attack’.

Mr Atkinson said: ‘Ms Chowdhury was aware of his training, that it was training relating to violence, the use of weapons, in particular a knife or sword, and a further attack by him was imminent.’

He said there was no evidence she had extremist views, and she acted out of ‘loyalty to her brother rather than a shared ideological position with him’.

Marion Smullen, defending, described her as a ‘perfectly normal young woman’ who had been studying education at Brunel University in the hope of becoming a teacher.

She had also been working part-time at Sainsbury’s and hoping to marry her now husband, as well as acting as a carer for her bipolar mother, the barrister said.

Ms Smullen told the court her client had twice given evidence for the prosecution at an Old Bailey trial and the retrial at which he was acquitted.

She added: ‘This is a wholly extraordinary case – somebody who had never put a foot wrong before her brother came back to live in the house after he was released from Belmarsh.’

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