By Australian Associated Press
Published: 02:43 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 05:12 BST, 5 June 2019
A Bangladeshi student who stabbed her Melbourne homestay host in a terror act has been jailed for 42 years.
Momena Shoma, who refused to stand for the judge, admitted engaging in a terror act when she plunged a knife into Roger Singaravelu's neck while he dozed beside his five-year-old daughter inside his Mill Park home on February 9, 2018.
Shoma, then 24, had been in Australia on a student visa for just a week when she attacked Mr Singaravelu in the name of violent jihad, using a 25cm kitchen knife.
Justice Lesley Ann Taylor on Wednesday sentenced Shoma to 42 years' jail with a non-parole period of 31 years and six months, calling the crime 'despicable' and 'cowardly'.
Momena Shoma, 24, who refused to stand for the Melbourne judge, fronted court in a burqa showing just her eyes
Diminutive Shoma (above)