LONDON: A man who killed his pregnant ex-wife by firing a crossbow at her has been convicted of murder. Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 51 of no fixed abode, was found guilty by a jury of the murder of after a trial at the Old Bailey. He was to be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 29 November.
According to Met Police, the jury heard that Unmathallegadoo planned his attack on his 35-year-old ex-wife Sana Muhammad, who was eight months pregnant, on 12 November 2018.
Unmathallegadoo, who was armed with two crossbows, had hidden himself inside the shed at the end of the garden of the house on Applegarth Drive in Ilford, where Sana lived with her husband Imtiaz and five children.
After being discovered by Imtiaz at about 07:30hrs, Unmathallegadoo chased him into the house holding the two crossbows.
Imtiaz told his wife to run and she fled up the stairs of the house. However, Unmathallegadoo fired an arrow at her before she reached the landing.
The arrow, which measured 18 inches, entered Sana’s body in her hip and travelled up through her body. By extreme fortune, it missed the unborn baby. Unmathallegadoo was disarmed at the scene by his son, who lived in the house.
Sana was treated by paramedics from the London Ambulance Service (LAS) at the scene before being taken to hospital.
An emergency caesarean was carried out to deliver the baby, who was initially not breathing but was revived by medical staff.
Despite efforts to save Sana’s life, the injuries caused to her internal organs, including her stomach, liver and heart, led to her suffering a heart attack.
A post-mortem examination established her cause of death as complications arising from internal bleeding. Unmathallegadoo was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder. He was taken to an east London police station and was subsequently further arrested for murder.