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Who is Momena Shoma ?
A convicted terrorist serving a four-decade sentence pretended that a Victorian jail’s de-radicalization program had worked so she could secretly plan another attack.
Momena Shoma, nicknamed the Tiny Terrorist for an Islamic State-inspired stabbing attack on a homestay host in 2018, had another six years added to her sentence on Friday for a separate attack, bringing the total to 48. years.
She will have to turn at least 36 years old, which means that she will not be eligible for release until 2054.
The 28-year-old used garden shears to stab a Canadian inmate at the Dame Phyllis Frost women’s prison in Melbourne last year.
Momena Shoma Arrested and Charged
Momena Shoma participated in a prison de-radicalization program, but after she attacked a fellow inmate with a pair of scissors, a judge said she had become more radicalized while in prison.
She had planned the attack for at least eight months while she was behind bars, before seizing an opportunity after another prisoner left the scissors unattended.
Shoma took the laundry scissors from her, hid them behind a newspaper and intended to stab the other prisoner in the neck of her while she was lying on a sofa reading.
The other woman saw her scissors when Shoma approached her and was able to defend herself against her, although she suffered a hand injury.
Other prisoners disarmed and held Shoma until they could transfer her to a solitary confinement cell.
When she initially believed she was going to be charged with assault on the attack, Shoma denied any involvement and refused to speak to the police.
But when she learned that she was being charged with a terrorist offense, Shoma told officials that it was a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State and that he intended to kill the woman.
She said that she chose her victim because she was Canadian and the attack would make international news.
A bloody chair is shown outside the house where Shoma carried out his first attack.
In an earlier hearing it was revealed that Shoma celebrated when she was charged. She pleaded guilty to the charges of participating in a terrorist act and being a member of a terrorist organization, being Islamic State.
“Yes, I have, I am proud of myself,” Shoma told investigators.
Judge Jane Dixon said Shoma seemed “even more radicalized” despite a de-radicalization program in prison.
She said that Shoma had no regrets for his actions and still identifies as a member of the Islamic State.
“If they release me, I will do it again so that Allah knows that I am strict,” she said after the attack.
The Supreme Court heard that Shoma’s prospects for rehabilitation are worse now than she was when she was jailed in 2019 for 42 years for an attack on host Roger Singaravelu.
She welcomed Shoma into her home when she came to Melbourne to study from Bangladesh. He survived the attack, in which a knife was embedded in his spine.
Judge Dixon said it was unlikely that he would change his attitudes or beliefs.
She said that his rehabilitation prospects, while very poor, were not necessarily impossible.
“I think the scope of his fantasy does not bode well for his long-term rehabilitation prospects, but he is relatively young and his attitudes are likely to change,” she said.
Momena Shoma Quick and Facts
- Momena Shoma was jailed for stabbing man in the neck while he slept
- Bangladeshi was only in Australia for eight days before ISIS-inspired attack
- Pretended deradicalisation program worked so she could plan attack in jail
- Used gardening shears to stab Canadian inmate in support of ISIS
- Judge said she is more radicalised now than when she was first jailed