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‘Tiny terrorist’ Momena Shoma stabbed fellow prisoner: court

A convicted terrorist is accused of stabbing another inmate at a Melbourne women’s prison.Momena Shoma was charged on Wednesday with engaging in a terrorist act in relation to the alleged stabbing.The 27-year-old sat stock-still and stared straight ahead during her appearance over videolink in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.The “altercation” between the two female…

A convicted terrorist is accused of stabbing another inmate at a Melbourne women’s prison.

Momena Shoma was charged on Wednesday with engaging in a terrorist act in relation to the alleged stabbing.

The 27-year-old sat stock-still and stared straight ahead during her appearance over videolink in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The “altercation” between the two female inmates occurred on October 30, police allege.

Police say they were called to the prison, understood to be Dame Phyllis Frost Centre in Ravenhall, to respond to the incident.

A 27-year-old woman was taken to hospital with an injury to her hand, police said.

Magistrate Carolyn Burnside said it could be more than a year before the matter reached trial due to delays caused by COVID-19.

Shoma’s lawyer Crystle Gomez Vasquez told the court the prisoner was only two years into her 42-year sentence.

The 150cm-tall woman nicknamed the “tiny terrorist” was convicted in June 2019 for stabbing her landlord in front of his five-year-old daughter in February 2018.

The Islamic State devotee shouted “Allahu Akbar” – meaning God is great – while she stabbed him.

Judge Lesley Taylor said when sentencing the Bangladesh native that her sole purpose of coming to Australia was to carry out an attack that would “trigger the West” and make her a martyr.

Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police jointly said there was no need for the community to fear an ongoing threat.

“(We) would like to reassure the community that the threat has been contained and there is no ongoing risk to the broader community posed by this individual,” they said in a statement.

“Victoria has well established and co-operative counter-terrorism and emergency management plans in place and constantly monitor and assess our preparedness to respond to a range of incidents.

“The Victorian JCTT and the Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Command maintains strong links with intelligence and other partner agencies, which gives us the best possible understanding of emerging issues.

“The community should continue to go about their daily business.”

Shoma will return to court in March.

Report any suspicious activity to triple-0, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.

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