Devi Unmathallegadoo was eight months pregnant when her husband shot her with a crossbow, a UK court was told. Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo the obsessed husband has now been found guilty of shooting his heavily pregnant ex-wife dead with a crossbow.
The attack, in November last year, pierced the 35-year-old’s heart and caused internal injuries.
Medics were unable to save Ms Unmathallegadoo but delivered her baby through a cesarean section.
Her husband, 51-year-old Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo was found guilty of attacking his wife at a property in Ilford in east London after she left him for her new partner.
Unmathallegadoo and his wife split in 2012 after an incident in which she jumped out of an upstairs window and broke her ankle, reports the Daily Mail.
She had told police the defendant had stared at her as he sharpened knives in the garden.
After a trial in 2013, he was cleared of attacking her and acquitted on the judge’s direction of a charge of attempted strangulation under the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861.
The victim successfully filed for an emergency non-molestation order which barred the defendant from coming within 100 metres of the family home.
Under the order, which was still in place at the time of the killing, Unmathallegadoo was forbidden from contacting his ex-wife directly and was not to threaten or intimidate her or their three children.
Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo planned the revenge execution of Devi Muhammad for more than three years as his hatred ‘grew and festered’, before amassing an arsenal of deadly weapons and hiding in her garden shed.
The 51-year-old lay in wait armed with two crossbows, bolts, a knife, duct tape, cable ties and a hammer then chased her new husband Imtiaz Muhammad into the kitchen.
Giving evidence from behind a screen, Mr Muhammad told jurors he thought he was ‘dreaming’ when his wife’s ex-husband emerged armed with two loaded crossbows. He called for his wife to run as he was chased into the house, the court was told.
The widower became emotional as he told jurors: ‘When she got an arrow she just screamed. I was thinking, ‘what is happening?’, I was screaming for her.
‘Then from there, because he had a second crossbow on his shoulder, I was thinking he’s used one and now the second one might be for me.’
As Unmathallegadoo’s oldest children rushed in to disarm him, the defendant said: ‘It would have been easier if you guys weren’t here, like I would have done it.’ Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo will be sentenced on November 29th.
The story and article can be read in full here via the Daily Mail.