Saturday 7 December 2019

Crossbow killer to die in prison for 'evil' murder of pregnant ex

‘Brutal’: Pregnant Sana Muhammad was murdered by her ex-husband. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
‘Brutal’: Pregnant Sana Muhammad was murdered by her ex-husband. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Emily Pennink

A crossbow killer who shot his pregnant ex-wife is likely to die in prison after being jailed for a minimum of 33 years.

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo (51) burst into Sana Muhammad's home and fired an arrow into her stomach as she tried to flee from him.

Mrs Muhammad (35), who was in her eighth month of pregnancy, died, but doctors were able to deliver her unborn son by Caesarean section and save his life.

An Old Bailey jury rejected the defendant's claim it was an accident and found him guilty of murder last week.

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Yesterday, Judge Mark Lucraft sentenced him to life with a minimum of 33 years for the "brutal and evil" attack.

The judge said if it had not been for the presence of his wife's five older children, he would have shot her new husband Imtiaz Muhammad too.

He told the defendant: "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 Imtiaz.

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

The judge also expressed concern that the deadly crossbow and bolts used do not require a licence and can be bought online.

Earlier, Mr Muhammad paid tribute to his late wife.

He said: "She was very friendly, talkative and always made me laugh.

"She was my soul mate, my best friend, my wife, my companion and my everything and I love her dearly. Ram must have been very jealous of the life Sana and I had."

He said his wife had been "scared" of the defendant, adding: "She would always say 'He likes to create trouble no matter if he loses everything.'"

He said of his baby son: "I feel very sorry for him because he has never seen a mother's love and he never will."

The court heard the victim was 16 when she entered into an arranged marriage with the defendant in Mauritius.

Their unhappy relationship ended in 2012 after an incident in which she jumped out of an upstairs window at their home. In 2013, he was cleared of attacking her.

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