A Sydney schoolgirl has pleaded guilty to sending funds to IS. (9NEWS)

A Sydney schoolgirl has pleaded guilty to sending funds to IS. (9NEWS)

A teenage girl from Sydney’s West who sent almost $18,000 to Islamic State claims she was “brainwashed and manipulated.”

The girl, who can’t be identified, is accused of sending two payments to IS in 2015 and 2016, at the request of another man overseas.

The teenager is accused of sending two payments to IS in 2015 and 2016.

He told her he needed the funds “to assist the Mujahideens against the Kafir.”

Today, her lawyer fought an application to have the case transferred to the District Court where penalties go beyond two years jail.

Zemarai Khatiz told the court “the transactions were at the request of an older male. An older male who was 22-years-old at the time.”

Mr Khatiz said the man had proposed to the girl.

“It is accepted and conceded that she followed instructions of an older male she wanted to impress.”

Mr Khatiz said the girl at the time was also mourning a father figure who had been shot dead at Lansdowne.

She claimed she was "brainwashed and manipulated". (9NEWS)

Adding, "she is not the person that she was.”

But Prosecutor Troy Anderson argued “she knows what she’s doing, she knows it’s wrong and she does not want to draw attention to herself.”

He pointed to a text message from the teenager in which he said she took a proactive role, writing "why don’t you give me his number and I will get in contact with him?”

In another she expressed concern about being caught “woah…isn’t that too much to send by one person?”

She has pleaded guilty to recklessly collect funds for a terror organisation.

She remains on bail and was supported in court by several family members.

© Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2017


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