By Cristina Hodgson •
Published: 05 Nov 2019 • 20:48
Man Killed His Heavily Pregnant Ex-Wife In Revenge Crossbow Attack, Old Bailey told
RAMANODGE UNMATHALLEGADO, 51, allegedly decided to kill his wife Devi, 35, after she left him for another man.
The trial is currently underway. Jurors at the Old Bailey have heard how Unmathallegado armed himself with two crossbows on the morning of November 12 2018 and entered the family home in Ilford, east London, shooting Mrs Unmathallegadoo as she tried to get away.
The crossbow bolt penetrated her body, causing “catastrophic” internal injuries, including piercing her heart, jurors heard.
Medics were unable to save her, but her baby was delivered by emergency Caesarean and survived.
The defendant had allegedly been preparing the attack on the couple for at least a year, storing weapons and equipment close by. He had acquired two crossbows and numerous arrows or bolts with which to carry out the attack, jurors were informed.
The defendant also allegedly carried out surveillance on the family home.
On the morning of the killing, he hid in a shed, awaiting the moment to strike with two loaded crossbows, arrows, a hammer, knife, cable ties, duct tape and scissors, the court heard.
But Unmathallegado was disturbed when his wife’s new partner unexpectedly went into the shed and he resorted to “plan B”, it has been claimed.
The defendant ran after Mr Muhammad and shot his former wife as she fled upstairs before being disarmed, it has been stated.
Prosecutor Richard Horwell QC told jurors: “This was a deliberate and quite calculated act of revenge on his part, intended to cause at the very least the death of Devi.
“On the evidence you hear, however, you may well conclude that his plans encompassed more than that and that, although Devi was undoubtedly his principal target, he also intended to kill her partner, Imtiaz Muhammad.”
Unmathallegadoo denies murder and the trial continues.
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