A convicted terrorist who hit a prison guard, leaving him struggling to breathe, has been sentenced to an additional five months behind bars.

Abdullah Ahmed Jama Farah, from Longsight, Manchester, was jailed for seven years at Old Bailey in 2016 after setting up a communications center to help extremists linked to the so-called Islamic State in Syria.

Jama Farah appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday – his 26th birthday – via video link to Long Lartin High Security Prison near Evesham.

The entrance to HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire (Jacob King / PA)

The court heard that Jama Farah was being returned to his cell in an isolation unit in Long Lartin when he assaulted a male prison officer shortly before noon on April 8 this year.

Prosecutor Alison Scott-Jones told the court: “Four officers surrounded him, forming a box.

“The accused was described as not engaging and having a bit of an attitude. “

Jama Farah pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to causing bodily harm to the guard, who was punched in the face and neck.

Ms Scott-Jones said: “The Complainant says there was a second blow that hit him in the throat.

“The victim was stunned and injured and describes himself as having trouble breathing. “

The injured officer was forced to leave the scene of the attack by crawling on his hands and knees, suffered bruising, swelling in his throat and was unable to work for two weeks.

He also suffered from daily headaches and had trouble sleeping.

Offering mitigating measures, defense lawyer Zayd Ahmed described Jama Farah as a “model prisoner” who had recently entered a period of probation and was extremely remorseful about what had happened. pass.

Jama Farah’s last court appearance came four months after reports he had been denied parole due to “behavioral issues”.

Jama Farah, who is Danish and of Somali descent, was convicted of preparing for terrorist acts between 2013 and 2014 when he aided Nur Hassan, of Moss Side, Manchester, by facilitating his trip to Syria.

He was also in contact with several other men – one of whom is believed to be an associate of Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi – who left the north-west of England for Syria in October 2013.

Convicting Jama Farah of assault, Judge James Burbidge QC, the Worcester recorder, ruled that the blow to the throat was “not a deliberate act of asphyxiation”.

The judge said Jama Farah, who now works as a prison cleaner despite the Covid pandemic, would have received a longer sentence had he not pleaded guilty to the assault.