Muslima who stabbed sleeping man says she was “acting on behalf of the Caliphate”


FROM A Bangladeshi student accused of stabbing her Melbourne homestay host in an act of Islamic State terrorism allegedly practiced on a mattress.

Momena Shoma, 24, appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday, charged with engaging in a terrorist act, after she allegedly stabbed her homestay host at Mill Park on February 9.

“She (allegedly) did the practice run on the mattress with the first family that hosted her and they felt intimidated enough to go to whoever organized it … to say ‘We’re scared, we don’t want her to continue living with us’,” magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg said.

The radicalized student is accused of stabbing her sleeping 56-year-old host in the neck and shoulder.

Her lawyer says it is unclear whether Shoma’s alleged crime constitutes terrorism.

“I’m talking about whether the action of stabbing was done with the intention of intimidating the government or a section of the public,” Guillaume Ballin said.

It’s alleged Ms Shoma made full admissions to police after the stabbing and said she was “acting on behalf of the Caliphate”.

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