LONDON: A 50-year old man Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo was Tuesday morning (November 13) charged with the murder of a 8-month pregnant woman Sana Muhammad in Ilford. The accused of no fixed abode was charged with the murder of 35-year-old Sana Muhammad.
He appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 13 November and was remanded in custody. He was due to appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday, (November 15). This follows an incident at an address in Applegarth Drive, Ilford at approximately 07:40hrs on Monday, 12 November.
According to a Daily Mail report, pregnant Sana was attacked while doing housework killed in front of five children and the killer is said to have hidden in the shed before firing a crossbow at family. Ramanodge is stated the ex-husband of Sana.
Her husband, Imtiaz Muhammad, went to the shed at 7.30am to put a box away and discovered the armed attacker hiding inside. The father-of-three shouted ‘run, run, run’ as the killer chased him into the kitchen and fired the weapon.
The 35-year-old mother-of-five was hit by a bolt and rushed to hospital, where medics delivered her baby son with the arrow still lodged in her abdomen. Imtiaz told The Evening Standard: ‘I can’t help thinking she took my arrow. Maybe it should have hit me. The kids were all there, it was horrific.’
The arrow is said to have passed just inches from the unborn baby before his mother ran upstairs to get away, the arrow still stuck in her body. Muhammad added: ‘The arrow went up into her heart but did not touch the unborn baby. The baby was due in four weeks. They operated with the arrow still in because it would have been too dangerous to take out.’
Friends said she had five children, three with her previous partner, aged 12, 14 and 18, and two with Mr Muhammad, aged two and five. Sana was born in Mauritius, had been a Hindu but converted to Islam in order to wed builder Imtiaz, who is originally from Pakistan. The couple met and fell in love after her marriage to Mr Unmattallegadoo, who is also from Mauritius, fell apart.
According to Met, police were called at approximately 07:40hrs on Monday, 12 November to reports of a disturbance at an address in Applegarth Drive, Ilford. Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a 35-year-old woman suffering an abdominal wound/injury. The injured woman was taken to an east London hospital where she was sadly pronounced dead at 1100hrs.
DCI Gary Holmes, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, leading the investigation, said; “This is a tragic incident and our sympathies are with the loved ones and friends of the victim.I am appealing for any witnesses who were in the area of Applegarth Drive from the evening of Sunday, 11 November to the morning of Monday, 12 November to please contact us with any information they might have, however small. It could prove vital to our ongoing enquiry.”
Anyone with information can ring the dedicated incident room on 0208 345 1570, Tweet @MetCC, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Offers of help, including a pledge to cover funeral costs, have flooded in to the family of a pregnant mother killed in a crossbow attack in her own home. A cemetery has offered to cover the costs of her funeral and people have been donating money online.
Labour MP for Ilford North Wes Streeting tweeted his reaction to the death, describing it as “deeply disturbing and distressing”.
Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal said the authority would support the family for “as long as it is needed”. He had asked for an “urgent meeting” with the borough commander “to discuss safety” in the Redbridge area.
Mohamed Omer from the Gardens of Peace cemetery and funeral company said: “The entire Muslim community and the entire Redbridge community is in absolute shock as to what has happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
“In order to help them cope, we are making the family of Sana Muhammad know that they need to not worry about funeral costs as we will be covering them.”