Foot­baller’s ex jailed over ter­ror cash

Daily Express - - News - By Jan Dis­ley Guilty... Noor

THE ex-girl­friend of a foot­baller wept in court yes­ter­day as she was sent to prison for 18 months af­ter be­ing found guilty of ter­ror­ism fund­ing.

For­mer beauty queen Amaani Noor, 21, who once dated Liver­pool player Sheyi Ojo, claimed she thought the £35 she do­nated to The Mer­ci­ful Hands or­gan­i­sa­tion last May, was for food for women and chil­dren.

But she was found guilty of fundrais­ing con­trary to the Ter­ror­ism Act 2000 and was yes­ter­day sen­tenced at Liver­pool Crown Court along­side mother-of-two Vic­to­ria Web­ster, 28. Both women were in tears as they were told they would be jailed. Sen­tenc­ing Noor, of Wavertree, Liver­pool, Judge An­drew Me­nary QC, told her: “I have no doubt your com­mit­ment to your re­li­gion is en­tirely gen­uine, but sadly, there is a cun­ning about you which you main­tained dur­ing your ev­i­dence.”

The jury heard for­mer Miss Teen GB semi-fi­nal­ist Noor, and Web­ster, of Nel­son, Lancs, mes­saged and spoke about ex­trem­ist groups in­clud­ing Is­lamic State and had ac­cess to video footage show­ing tor­ture, be­head­ings and peo­ple be­ing set on fire.

Noor also mes­saged a man named Hakim My Love who, she said, she mar­ried over video link and de­scribed him­self as an in­de­pen­dent fighter in Syria.

Emails be­lieved to be from Noor to Hakim, said: “It’s been my dream to marry a fighter for a long time and my dream to be a fighter my­self even longer lol.”

Po­lice who searched her house last July found she had a ticket to Turkey, the court heard.

Noor was also mar­ried briefly to a preacher and David Got­tlieb, de­fend­ing, sug­gested her failed re­la­tion­ships may have led to the of­fences and “sent her spin­ning out of the so­lar sys­tem”.

Web­ster, who ad­mit­ted pro­vid­ing money for the pur­poses of ter­ror­ism and invit­ing another to pro­vide money for the pur­poses of ter­ror­ism, was jailed for 17 months.

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