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Man who killed pregnant ex-wife with crossbow jailed for life | UK News



A man who murdered his eight-month pregnant ex-wife using a crossbow in a “brutal and evil attack” has been jailed for life.

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 51, will serve at least 33 years in prison for the attack.

The court heard that Unmathallegadoo burst into the home of mother-of-five Sana Muhammad and fired an arrow into her stomach as she fled upstairs.

Devi Unmathallegado
Unmathallegado killed Sana Muhammad with a crossbow. Pic: CPS

The victim was killed at her home in Ilford, east London, in November 2018.

She suffered catastrophic internal injuries and died, while her unborn son was delivered by caesarean and miraculously survived.

A jury took just four hours to deliver a guilty verdict last Friday.

In sentencing, Judge Mark Lucraft said: “You have carefully planned this attack. You had two loaded crossbows and I’m entirely satisfied you intended an attack on Sana and then on [new husband] Imtiaz.

“One can only assume that you were jealous of their life together and the fact that they had formed a loving bond between themselves and with your children. The judge said the crossbows and bolts the defendant acquired do not require a licence and can be bought online.”

He added: “As is shown by events that followed, they can be used to devastating effect to kill.

“Many I am sure will find the ease with which some items are available deeply concerning – it is for others to consider whether these items should be controlled and require a license for ownership.”

The jury heard how he had an arranged marriage with his wife in Mauritius on her 16th birthday, when he was 30.

Their relationship ended in 2012 after an incident in which she broke her ankle jumping from an upstairs window.

Unmathallegadoo was put on trial the year after, but was cleared of attacking her and attempted strangulation.

She divorced and remarried a builder, Imtiaz Muhammad, and changed her name from Devi Unmathallegadoo.

Mr and Mrs Muhammad had two children and she was pregnant again when she was murdered.

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