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Crossbow death: Jealous ex-husband who shot pregnant ex-wife in revenge attack is jailed for 33 years


‘Evil’ murder: Pregnant Sana Muhammad, 35, was shot and killed by a crossbow at her home

Miraculously the unborn baby was saved by doctors.

  • Man who killed pregnant ex-wife with crossbow jailed for life
  • Crossbow killer, 51, who shot his heavily pregnant ex-wife in ‘evil’ revenge attack jailed for 33 years
  • Crossbow killer Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo jailed for 33 years for ‘brutal and evil’ murder of pregnant ex-wife

A crossbow killer is likely to die in prison after being jailed for 33 years for shooting his heavily pregnant ex-wife in a “brutal and evil” revenge attack.

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo , 51, burst into the home of eight months pregnant Sana Muhammad and fired an arrow into her stomach as she fled upstairs.

A jealous ex-husband who shot dead his heavily pregnant ex-wife in a “brutal and evil” attack with a crossbow is likely to die behind bars after being jailed for life today.

Hospital worker Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 51, plotted the shocking attack on former partner Sana Muhammad for three years, after she ended their marriage and set up home with another man.

When Ms Muhammad was just weeks from giving birth to her sixth child, Unmathallegadoo lay in wait for her in the garden shed before bursting into the Ilford home armed with two crossbows.

He shot her once with a bolt, and when he was satisfied that she would die from her injuries he calmly went to have a glass of water in the garden and wait for the police to arrive.

Miraculously the unborn baby was saved by doctors.

At the Old Bailey today, Unmathallegadoo offered no mitigation for the murder as his barrister Ian Henderson told the court: “This sentence means he will die in custody or it will be very close to that.”

Judge Mark Lucraft QC jailed Unmathallegadoo for life with a minimum term of 33 years for the “brutal and evil attack”.

“This was an attack by you which was clearly extensively planned and premeditated”, he said.

“One can only assume you were jealous of their life together and the fact they had formed a loving bond between themselves and with your children.”

Judge Lucraft also urged the authorities to consider introducing licences for buying crossbows which “can be used to devastating effect to kill”.

“Many, I am sure, will find the ease with which some items are available deeply concerning”, he said.

Ms Muhammad’s husband Imtiaz told the court today he and their children are all struggling to cope, adding: “Ram finished everything, we all feel lost now”.

Unmathallegadoo, the former site manager at Newham General Hospital, had been in a volatile arranged marriage with Ms Muhammad which ended in 2012.

After she moved in with Mr Muhammad, he began plotting his revenge and in 2015 made the first purchase of a crossbow. He was ultimately armed with an arsenal of weapons when he carried out the murder on November 12 last year.

Judge Lucraft said Unmathallegadoo had been disturbed by Imtiaz in the garden shed, and was forced into action earlier than expected before the children had left for school.

“You clearly had an intention to kill and but for being surprised by Imtiaz that morning and the presence of the children, I am entirely satisfied that you would have gone on to attack him.”

Unmathallegadoo, who was disarmed by his own son after the murder, showed no emotion as the sentence was passed this morning.

He can apply for release from prison once he has served the 33 year minimum prison term.