She was drinking heavily and taking drugs, and was regularly visited by dealers at her two-bedroom council house in the Medway town of Chatham.Her relationship with Joe’s father, former forklift truck driver Darren Dixon, who is pictured with her, was short-lived and she was soon a single mum.Her mother went on to marry the director of a haulage company, raising both children in South-East London before settling in a leafy village in Kent.Those who knew the family back then say they were close and loving.Before long she was dumping her little boy with her mother and stepfather, sometimes for weeks on end. And it was into this feckless, chaotic world that Islamic State came calling.Using a cheap computer in her sitting room, Jones went on an internet dating site and met would-be terrorist and computer hacker Junaid Hussain, a Birmingham school dinner lady’s wayward son who, at 19, was 25 years her junior.The little boy was frightened at the idea of leaving Britain.Joe loved being in his grandmother’s garden, playing with toys and looking out for foxes.‘He loved animals and was so kind, he’d never even tread on an ant.
Jones, who was raised as a Roman Catholic, had converted to Islam earlier that year and, under the spell of Hussain, was soon making plans to join him with nine-year-old Joe.
Joe’s name was changed to Hamza and he was forced to call Hussain his ‘dad’. Jones tweeted how proud she was that he was ‘killed by the biggest enemy of Allah’, adding that she would ‘never love anyone but him’.
Hussain, who became head of the IS computer-hacking brigade, died in a U. By this stage, blonde-haired Jones had become a notorious figure in her own right.
It gave her a taste of success, a chance to make something of her life.
But when she became pregnant with her then on-off boyfriend, labourer Jonathan Wilkinson, her music career came to a shuddering halt.