Ilford crossbow killer jailed for minimum of 33 years

A man who killed his pregnant ex-wife by firing a crossbow at her has been sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 33 years.

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 51, of no fixed abode, was found guilty by a jury of the murder of Sana Muhammad after a trial at the Old Bailey.

He was sentenced at the same court on Friday, November 29.

Detective Sergeant Amjad Sharif, who led the investigation, said: “Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo is now likely to spend the majority of the rest of his life in prison. This is the appropriate punishment for the cold and calculated way in which he killed his ex-wife, Sana Muhammad.

“The fact Sana’s unborn baby managed to survive was due to extreme fortune and the skill of the medical staff who treated her at the scene and at the hospital.

“The baby is now a healthy one-year-old. However, he will grow up without a mother, as will his five siblings. I would like to praise the dignity and strength displayed by Sana Muhammad’s family.

“I hope that today’s sentence will bring some form of closure for the family.”

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Soole, the senior investigating officer for the investigation, added: “I would like to express my gratitude to a number of people. Firstly, to the family and loved ones of Sana, who conducted themselves with the utmost dignity in what were extremely trying circumstances. My hope is that this sentence will be the start of what no doubt will be a long journey to recovery.

“I would also like to thank all members of my major investigation team who worked tirelessly on this case, which included accurately interpreting hundreds of documents, carrying out dozens of witness interviews and collating thousands of hours of CCTV, all whilst they continued to handle a number of other challenging investigations.

“I am also very grateful to our partners in the Crown Prosecution Service and in particular our barristers Mr Horwell QC and Mr Ratliff, who delivered the case with the utmost professionalism.”

Police were called to Applegarth Drive, Ilford, where 35-year-old Sana lived with her husband Imtiaz and five children, on November 12, 2018.

Unmathallegadoo, who was armed with two crossbows, had attacked his ex-wife after he was discovered by Imtiaz inside the shed at the end of their garden.

Imtiaz told his wife to run and she fled up the stairs of the house. However, Unmathallegadoo fired a crossbow bolt at her before she reached the landing.

The bolt, 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) 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.

Mick Ferris

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