A radicalised mum who funded Islamist terrorism contacted her extremist ‘husband’ from jail with a phone hidden in her bra.
Victoria Webster and Amaani Noor – an ex-girlfriend of Liverpool footballer Sheyi Ojo – were both previously jailed after sending about £50 each to a terrorist group in Syria.
Police also found videos on their phones of ISIS fighters torturing and executing prisoners, as well as evidence of their support for extremism.
Webster was jailed for 17 months in December 2019 after admitted providing money for terrorism and inviting another person to do the same.
Noor, then 21, from Wavertree, who had married a jihadist fighter, was found guilty of providing money for terrorism and locked up for 18 months.
Liverpool Crown Court heard yesterday how one of the pair – mum-of-two Webster, 29, from Lancashire, had secretly ‘married’ Ricardo Langaigne aka Ricardo MacFarlane – a thug linked to a roll call of British extremists, Liverpool Echo reports.
Langaigne has been linked to Fusilier Lee Rigby’s murderer Michael Adebolajo, radical preacher Anjem Choudary, fellow ‘Muslim Patrol’ yobs Jordan Horner and Royal Barnes, and bomb-making manual hoarder Afsor Ali.
Rebecca Smith, prosecuting, said prison officers at HMP Styal searched Webster and another woman’s cell on July 29 last year.
Both inmates denied having anything that they shouldn’t at first before Webster went on to confess and “took a thin mobile phone from within her bra area and handed it to the officer.”
When interviewed the Muslim convert admitted having the phone and said it had been a difficult period in her life and she was depressed and self-harming after losing custody of her daughters, which left her “heartbroken, in despair and suicidal.”
Ms Smith said Webster claimed she had the phone to call family and friends because “she needed their love, support and encouragement to keep on going”.
Analysis of the phone showed one number was saved with just a full stop as the name, which Webster contacted 301 times, including both incoming and outgoing calls and texts.
Ms Smith said this number was attributed to Langaigne and information provided by police indicated the risk he was said to pose to national security.
Ms Smith said: “Of note is offending which gives an indication of an extremist mindset.
“Importantly, in 2013 he was convicted of an offence of affray relating to an incident when he acted in the company of Jordan Horner, also of concern to national security. They attacked a group of men drinking in the street, shouting ‘kill the non-believers’ and describing themselves as the Muslim Patrol.”
Ms Smith said “such was the level of concern” over the risk he posed that Webster was not allowed to use a prison phone to speak with him, despite stating that she had “married” him in 2018.
She said: “There is no information to say they have ever physically met, but they have communicated over the phone, she had spoken to him by WhatsApp, and in her eyes she believed they were man and wife.”
Ms Smith added: “The concern is having access to the phone provided the defendant with an opportunity to have regular contact with a person who it is believed presents a potential risk to public safety.”
She said Webster was due to be released on licence on December 23 last year, but had since been remanded in custody.
Webster, formerly of Nelson, admitted possessing a mobile phone in and transmission of calls from prison.
Judge Menary told Webster she had been ‘taken in by and to an extent radicalised by some of the nonsense you had seen on various websites and platforms, about the acts of extremist fundamentalist Muslim organisations.’
Jailing her for eight months, he warned: “You have already paid a very high price in your personal life for being involved with this type of activity.
“The sooner you realise that and completely divorce yourself from this activity, if not the individual concerned, then all the better for you.”