An ISIS terrorist has been jailed after he hoodwinked his wife’s friend to smuggle 20,000 euro abroad in her tights.

Aine Leslie Davis - suspected of being one of four English members of the so-called Islamic State death squad dubbed The Beatles - has been jailed for eight years after admitting to funding terrorism.

The Old Bailey heard that the British Muslim convert, 39, had enlisted the help of his wife to trick her friend, Nawal Masaad, 36, of Holloway, to send him cash while in Syria.

Ms Masaad was stopped at Heathrow Airport in January 2014 as she was about to board a flight to Istanbul with 20,000 euros stuffed inside her tights.

The prosecution alleged the money, raised in the UK, was destined to support Davis’s terrorist cause in Syria.

Following the arrest of his wife, Amal El-Wahabi, 36, police uncovered a stash of terrorist propaganda said to have been left behind by Davis when he went to Syria.

On her mobile phone was a picture sent by Davis in November 2013 taken in Syrian woodland with a man holding a Kalashnikov rifle.

The court heard it was clear that Davis – who had convictions for possession of drugs and gun possession – had gone to Syria to fight under the black flag of IS and that he was preoccupied with martyrdom.

After an Old Bailey trial in 2014, El-Wahabi became the first person to be found guilty of funding terrorism in Syria and was jailed for 28 months, while Ms Masaad was cleared of wrongdoing.

In November 2015, Davis was arrested with others in Istanbul after being found using a forged travel document and later jailed for IS membership.

After serving a seven-and-a-half year sentence in Turkey he was deported last August and detained on arrival at Luton Airport.

Last month, the 39-year-old admitted possession of a firearm contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000, and two charges of funding terrorism, after the Court of Appeal threw out a bid for the charges to be dropped.

Davis has always denied being connected with The Beatles cell – so-called because of their British accents – which tortured and beheaded Western hostages in Syria.

Two IS Beatles members, British nationals El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, are serving life in US jails.

The third Beatle, Mohammed Emwazi, dubbed Jihadi John, who was believed to feature in shocking videos of IS beheadings of a number of captives, was killed in a drone strike in 2015.

Davis’s legal team had claimed that US authorities had accepted there was no fourth Beatle, while the Court of Appeal noted any plan to extradite him there was “short-lived and discounted”.

In a televised sentencing at the Old Bailey today (November 13), Judge Mark Lucraft KC jailed Davis for five and a half years for the firearms offence and two and a half for terrorism funding, to run consecutively.

The judge told him: “From the messages and images you sent to your wife it is clear you have been with fighters in Syria and that you were not there for lawful purposes.

Nick Price, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Davis left the UK and travelled to Syria to involve himself with a proscribed terrorist organisation.

“While in Syria, he was able to call upon an associate or a network of likeminded individuals to arrange and deliver 20,000 euro to his wife, which was due to be taken to the country.

“It is only right he has been convicted and imprisoned in this country.”

Reporting by PA.