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35-year-old pregnant mother-of-five shot and killed with crossbow while she was doing the washing up


A baby born after his mother was shot and killed with a crossbow at her home in east London was battling for life in hospital today, Evening Standard reported.

The boy was delivered by Caesarean section after Sana Muhammad, 35, who was eight months pregnant, was attacked in front of her other five children in the kitchen of her house in Ilfordyesterday morning.

Mrs Muhammad was shot shortly after 7.35 am as she did the washing-up, her husband told the Evening Standard.

Scotland Yard said the woman suffered a wound to the abdomen during the attack in the £500,000 house in Newbury Park.

Police said the suspect was known to the dead woman and no one else is being sought in connection with the attack. He is believed to be the victim’s former partner.

Mrs Muhammad was taken to hospital and underwent emergency surgery but died three hours later.

The crossbow bolt is said to have missed the baby by inches and the child was delivered before being transferred to a critical care unit because of the early birth. The boy has been named Ibrahim.

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The victim was known to neighbours as Sana Muhammad but is said to have changed her name from Devi Unmathallegadoo after she married her new partner Imtiaz Muhammad about seven years ago.

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50, was due to appear at Barkingside magistrates’ court today charged with murder.

Friends said Mrs Muhammad had three children with her first husband and two girls with her second husband, as well as the baby boy.

Today Mr Muhammad, 42, told how she was shot in front of her children, aged one, four, 12, 15 and 17.

He described the terrifying moment he found the alleged killer hiding in the shed and was chased into the house.

He told the Standard: “I went to put a cardboard box in the shed. He was there with the crossbow loaded.

He stared at me, he was going to shoot so I ran into the house. My wife was doing the washing up, I was shouting ‘run, run, run’.

Mrs Muhammad's ex-husband, Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, has been charged with murder

“He shot her. I can’t help thinking she took my arrow. Maybe it should have hit me. The kids were all there, it was horrific.

“The arrow went up into her heart but did not touch the unborn baby. The baby was due in four weeks. They operated with the arrow still in because it would have been too dangerous to take out.”

He said: “She was a wonderful mother and wife. We were together seven years. I am heartbroken, we were inseparable.”

Mr Muhammad said the victim’s family was originally from Mauritius and he was from Pakistan. Breaking down in tears, he said: “When we met she was going through a divorce so I gave her support. We loved each other so much. We were always together.”

He said that some of the children were preparing to go to school when the attacker entered the house. He added: “Now I must look after the children and the baby. People have been so kind.”

Mr Muhammad is now living in a hotel with his children. He said: “Our family and neighbours are helping us. They are amazing.”

Today neighbours said they heard Mr Muhammad screaming for help outside the house in Applegarth Drive after his wife was attacked.

Nia Khan, 40, said: “It was awful, he was screaming and we didn’t know what to do.” Mrs Khan said she and her husband Zia Khan, 40, had been told Mrs Muhammad was shot with a crossbow after running upstairs to try to protect her children. “I don’t know how anyone could do this,” she added.

Another resident said: “There were loads of neighbours out here yesterday. We saw the police bringing out a crossbow arrow as if for evidence, it looked about 30 cm long.”

A police car remained stationed outside the house this morning. One resident placed a bouquet of flowers outside the house, while others sought comfort as they met in the street.

Scotland Yard said officers were called at 7.40 am and found a woman suffering an “abdominal wound”. She was pronounced dead in hospital at 11 am yesterday.

Neighbour Navneet Buttar, 35, said: “At about 7.30am I heard some screaming, it sounded like a kid. I looked outside and saw her husband, he was saying ‘help, help’.”

Later she saw a man being led out of the house in handcuffs and being put in the back of a police van. She added: “My kids and her go to nursery together, I talk to her every day. She was due next month, she was very excited about her baby.

“She was so nice, it’s really bad. I don’t know why this happened.”

A number of neighbours said they knew Mrs Muhammad from the school run.

Grief: the victim's husband Imtiaz Muhammad (Jeremy Selwyn)

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My view: I don’t get how anyone could do this to a defenceless pregnant woman, it is shocking, such an evil act, her jealous ex husband has been charged with murder, I hope he rots in jail, he's a monster.