51-year-old Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo hid in back garden shed at the home of Sana Muhammad on November 12, 2018, armed with two crossbows, bolts, a knife, duct tape, cable ties and a hammer.
The mother-of-five, who was 8 months pregnant was formerly married to her assailant and used to be known as Devi Unmathallegadoo.
When her new partner came out into the garden, lurking Unmathallegadoo, burst out of the garden shed raced through the open door of the house and fired an arrow into Mrs Muhammad’s stomach as she fled upstairs.
The 18-inch bolt went through Devi’s hip and pierced her heart.
The 35-year-old suffered catastrophic internal injuries and died while her unborn son was delivered by Cesarean section and miraculously survived.
At trial chilling pictures illustrated just how close the crossbow killer was – millimeters – from piercing an unborn baby’s head with an arrow after he shot his pregnant ex-wife to death.
8-month pregnant Sana Muhammad, formerly known as Devi Unmathallegadoo, [photo], was shot with a crossbow in front of her children in Ilford, East London in the UK by her ex-husband, Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo
At eight-months Devi was almost due. Shocking pictures show how the bolt “miraculously missed” her son by millimeters as it pierced her body.
The baby somehow survived the ordeal despite not breathing when delivered by emergency C-section but the mother was not so lucky, dying from the catastrophic internal injuries she sustained.
Shocking pictures tendered at trial, show how the bolt “miraculously missed” eight-month pregnant Devi’s son by millimeters, as it pierced her body.
The baby survived the ordeal despite not breathing when delivered by emergency C-section, but the mother was not so lucky, dying from the catastrophic internal injuries she sustained.
Obsessed Unmathallegadoo plotted for three years to kill Devi after their marriage broke down and she left him for another man.
When he was told he had shot his ex-wife and narrowly avoided killing her unborn baby he remarked: “Well that’s unfortunate”.
Armed with two crossbows, he hid in the shed of the home his ex shared with her new partner Imtiaz Muhammad in Ilford, East London.
The fiend had spied on Devi for a month and collected a grisly arsenal of weapons – including a hammer, knife, cable ties, duct tape and scissors.
Unmathallegadoo tried claiming he accidentally shot his ex-wife while checking the safety but a jury today found him guilty of murder.
the savage crossbow attack launched by her ex-husband. The same spouse was originally cleared of attacking her in 2013.
A jury at the Old Bailey in London had heard how the victim had an arranged marriage to the defendant in Mauritius on her 16th birthday.
He was 30 at the time, nearly twice her age.
Their unhappy relationship ended in 2012 after an incident in which she jumped out of an upstairs window and broke her ankle.
She had told police the defendant had stared at her as he sharpened knives in the garden.
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After a trial in 2013, he was cleared of attacking her and acquitted on the judge’s direction of a charge of attempted strangulation under the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861.
The victim successfully filed for an emergency non-molestation order which barred the defendant from coming within 100 meters of the family home in Ilford, east London.
Under the order, which was still in place at the time of the killing, Unmathallegadoo was forbidden from contacting his ex-wife directly and was not to threaten or intimidate her or their three children.
Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo hid in this garden shed at his target’s home in East London
Following her divorce, she married builder Imtiaz Muhammad and changed her name to Sana Muhammad.
The couple went on to have two children together and were eagerly awaiting the imminent arrival of their third last autumn.
Meanwhile, the defendant did not take his divorce well, in the least.
He lost his job as a site manager at Newham General Hospital and slept rough as he plotted his revenge.
He bought two crossbows online for around £250 each – an MK-XB 55 Package Red Dot and a Hori-Zone Alfa XT – which were discovered stashed near his ex-wife’s home by a neighbor in March 2018.
After they were removed, Unmathallegadoo set about replacing them, and organised surveillance on the house in Applegarth Drive.
On the morning of November 12 2018, he took up position in the garden shed armed with two crossbows, bolts, a knife, duct tape, cable ties and a hammer.
Sana Muhammad, a mother-of-five died after her ex-husband broke into her home aimed a crossbow at her pregnant belly and shot. Her baby survived but she was killed
Sana Muhammad [formerly Devi Unmathallegadoo], with Imtiaz Muhammad her new partner and father of her unborn child
He was disturbed by Mr Muhammad who had gone into the garden to store an empty box while his wife prepared food for a dinner party that evening.
Giving evidence from behind a screen, Imtiaz Muhammad told jurors he thought he was “dreaming” when his wife’s ex-husband emerged armed with two loaded crossbows.
He called for his wife to run as he was chased into the house, the court was told.
Crossbow killerin the death of his ex-wife Sana Muhammad
The widower became emotional as he told jurors: “When she got an arrow she just screamed. I was thinking, ‘what is happening?’, I was screaming for her.
“Then from there, because he had a second crossbow on his shoulder, I was thinking he’s used one and now the second one might be for me.”
Afterwards, he told police he was aiming for Muhammad but his former spouse got in the way.
Giving evidence, he claimed the crossbow went off by accident and he bought the weapons to go hunting in Mauritius with his brother.
He told jurors he only wanted to confront Imtiaz Muhammad about his concerns that his daughter was being brought up a Muslim.
But the prosecution argued Unmathallegadoo’s ultimate plan had been to restrain the couple and their children and at least kill the two adults and the unborn child.
The jury in Unmathallegadoo’s first trial was discharged after a juror raised an issue of psychiatric illness against the judge’s direction not to speculate and despite no evidence being heard about his mental state.