Terrorist Momena Shoma had ‘strange smile’ after attacking another prisoner with garden shears

Caroline SchelleNCA NewsWire
Shoma tried to stab the other inmate in the neck.
Camera IconShoma tried to stab the other inmate in the neck. Credit: Supplied

A female terrorist who had a “strange smile” on her face after she tried to stab a fellow prisoner in the neck with garden shears will now spend nearly five decades behind bars.

Convicted terrorist Momena Shoma told authorities that she had to “rise against the crusaders” and “put fear in the hearts of disbelievers” after she launched the attack on the other prisoner on October 30, 2020.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to engaging in a terrorist attack and being a member of a terrorist organisation for the prison stabbing and was jailed for an extra six years in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Friday.

That was on top of an existing sentence, bringing her total jail time to 48 years in prison. Shoma won’t be eligible for parole until 2054.

A “warped and violent” ideology motivated the convicted IS-inspired terrorist and she showed no contrition, Justice Jane Dixon told the court.

“On the contrary you are proud of your crimes,” Justice Dixon said.

The judge said Shoma had shown a prolonged commitment to the terrorist organisation and her prospects of rehabilitation were very poor but not non-existent.

Shoma pretended to be deradicalised while incarcerated but instead had been plotting for months to attack a Canadian prisoner.

Within a month of being allowed to socialise with other prisoners the diminutive woman dubbed the “Tiny Terrorist” tried to stab the other inmate in the neck with garden shears.

But the woman was able to defend herself and Shoma sliced through the woman’s thumb.

Shoma tried to stab the other inmate in the neck.
Camera IconShoma tried to stab the other inmate in the neck. Credit: Supplied

She stole the shears and hid them in a newspaper after another inmate who was cleared to have them left them unattended.

Two other female inmates held Shoma back after the attack as prison guards rushed to respond.

Shoma “maintained a strange smile on her face” and was seen “happy and laughing” after she was restrained, the court was previously told.

She targeted the Canadian woman for her nationality, believing it would attract international attention, and chose the shears because she believed they would inflict significant harm, the court was told.

Shoma was originally imprisoned in 2019 for stabbing her homestay host in the neck while he slept in an IS-motivated attack. Her victim survived.

If Shoma serves the entirety of her sentence, she will be 72 when she is released.

Originally published as Terrorist Momena Shoma had ‘strange smile’ after attacking another prisoner with garden shears

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