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10/04/2019 16:55 BST

Husband Gave Thumbs Up Before Killing Wife With Crossbow, Court Hears

“He did not waste a second. He seemed like he had training.”

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Devi Unmathallegadoo was heavily pregnant when she was shot with a crossbow 

An alleged killer smiled and gave a thumbs up before he shot his heavily pregnant ex-wife with a crossbow, a court has heard. 

Imtiaz Muhammad was married and expecting a child with 35-year-old Devi Unmathallegadoo when they were allegedly ambushed by her ex-husband. 

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 51, known as Ram, became obsessed with getting revenge on the couple over the course of a year, spying and assembling a cache of weapons, the Old Bailey has heard.

On the morning of November 12, he had allegedly taken up position in his wife’s garden shed, awaiting his moment to strike with two new crossbows, bolts, a hammer, a knife in a homemade sheath, cable ties and duct tape.

The defendant shot Mrs Unmathallegadoo as she attempted to flee upstairs at the family home in Ilford, east London, the court heard.

Mrs Unmathallegadoo suffered devastating internal injuries and died, but her unborn son was delivered by caesarean section and survived.

Giving evidence, her new husband Mr Muhammad became emotional as he told jurors: “My brain was frozen. I did not know what was happening. Is it real? I’m dreaming.”

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The attack was carried out in Applegarth Drive, Ilford, south east London in November last year 

He said his wife, also known as Sana, had got up early that day to start cooking for friends.

Mr Muhammad said he did his bit to prepare for visitors by taking an empty television box to the shed.

He heard a noise behind him and turned to find the defendant carrying one crossbow over his shoulder and another in his hand which he pointed up, he said.

The defendant smiled at him and gave a thumbs up, Mr Muhammad said: “I was super shocked and I did not know what to do. I stayed there for 10 seconds then I ran out. Then he was running behind me through the garden.

“I’m saying to my wife ‘run out’. She could see what was happening in the garden. She screamed and she started running through the corridor.

“I ran through the living room. When I stepped out of the porch I turned back thinking ‘where is my wife’. I see my wife, she’s running up the staircase. Ram was coming through the corridor with the crossbow.”

The witness told jurors the defendant turned and faced the staircase, brought the crossbow up and shot his wife.

He said: “He did not waste a second. He seemed like he had training.”

Mr Muhammad told jurors the bolt entered his wife’s body so he could only see the end of it.

He went on: “When he was coming in the corridor I was in front of him but he was not looking at me. He was focused on her.”

He continued: “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.”

Mr Muhammad shouted for the police to be called and the defendant came out with his hands up, jurors heard.

The defendant, formerly of Ilford, has denied murder and the attempted destruction of the unborn child.