Sydney teen faces terror sentencing


A Sydney 17-year-old girl is due to be sentenced for helping a man transfer almost $20,000 to Islamic State fighters.

The schoolgirl pleaded guilty last November to knowingly collecting funds for a terrorist organisation, after she helped transfer $17,850.60 to the man in Syria when she was 16 years old.

The Western Union cash transfers occurred in 2015 and 2016.

Her lawyer Zemarai Khatiz told a Children's Court hearing that she had been brainwashed by the man, who she had intended to marry, and had wanted to impress.

But prosecutor Troy Anderson said the girl knew what she was doing and where the money was going.

He successfully argued for her sentence to be decided in the NSW District Court where she will face a tougher penalty.

The teenager is due to be sentenced in Parramatta District Court on Friday.