Footballer’s ex jailed over terror cash
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.