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The ‘stupid’ student who became ‘gangster’s moll’ under spell of a killer

today17/04/2021

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A “gangster’s moll” blinded by loyalty to her killer boyfriend hopes to continue her university degree behind bars after being sentenced to three years in prison.

Naïve Dina Aweimrin helped plot her lover’s escape from the UK to Somaliland where he has so far escaped punishment for knifing Jordan Marples-Douglas to death last March.

Ishmael Adan remains at large and the chances of him facing any kind of prosecution over the murder are slim.

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A crown court judge said he was certain Adan was the one who delivered the fatal blow to the chest of Mr Marples-Douglas who was killed in his own home over a drug debt.

Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court had been told both Adan and Ben Jones, 26, acted together to overpower the drug dealer on March 6, 2020, as they looked to settle a debt on behalf of a third party.

Aweimrin, from Nether Edge, found herself caught in the middle of the murder as she booked flights for Adan to Dubai.

He is still a wanted man but there is almost nothing the authorities can do as he seeks refuge in Somaliland – a part of Somalia not even recognised by the UK government.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC had heard Aweimrin had been “under the spell” of her lover – a notion put forward by her lawyer.

But Judge Richardson stated the 22-year-old knew exactly what she was doing when she booked the flights, despite Adan’s “dominant” personality.

He said: “You executed that task with efficiency.”

Jordan Marples-Douglas suffered 37 wounds
(Image: South Yorkshire Police)

Judge Richardson had previously stated: “You associated yourself with a criminal. It almost defies understanding why a girl from a respectable family should associate with such a man, but you did.”

“You have paid a terrible price for that association and your involvement in assisting that man evade justice.”

Sentencing her to three years behind bars, he added: “You knew something serious had occurred. Due to your loyalty to Aden, you did as you were told.”

The court heard Aweimrin was a first-year business management student at the University of Derby.

It was also revealed she hoped to continue with her studies as she reflects on her actions in prison.

A further example of her naivety and, as Judge Richardson described, her “stupidity”, became apparent when she was found with a small amount of cannabis as she entered the court building during her trial.

Ben Jones
Ben Jones was convicted of murdering Jordan Marples-Douglas
(Image: SYP)

Before jailing her, he said: “I make it plain I shall pay no attention to the fact you tried to smuggle drugs into prison when you were remanded in custody.

“That reveals your stupidity. The idea of bringing drugs into the court where you were on trial almost defies understanding.

“It was a comprehensively stupid act.”

Judge Richardson made it abundantly clear that Aweimrin, a student with respectable parents, committed an offence that helped a man escape punishment for taking a man’s life.

In his final remark to her, he said: “Adan was unquestionably a murderer and you knew he was involved in committing a very serious crime that needed him to be spirited out of the country, and fast.

“You may not have known he was involved in killing a man. I suspect you did, but I am not sure of that.

“You took significant steps to assist him to leave the United Kingdom and go to a country from where he cannot be extradited – indeed, it happens to be a country which is not even recognised by the government of the United Kingdom.

“In consequence, you have helped a man evade apprehension and arrest for murder – a murder in which he took a leading role.

“It is speculative, at best, whether he will ever be brought to justice in this country. You have substantially harmed the cause of justice by your criminal conduct.”

Written by: Rother Radio News


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