The former husband of a mother shot with a crossbow and killed in front of her family has been remanded in custody.
Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo is accused of murdering Sana Muhammad, a pregnant mother of five who was attacked in Ilford on Monday morning.
Unmathallegadoo, of no fixed address, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Pentonville jail today charged with murder.
Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Pentonville jail today charged with murder
Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, left, is accused of killing his ex-wife Sana Muhammad, right
Mrs Muhammad’s husband Imtiaz had been going out to the shed (pictured) to put some tools away when he spotted the attacker
Mrs Muhammad’s unborn baby boy Ibrahim was removed by emergency caesarian section while the crossbow bolt was still stuck in her abdomen, but is expected to survive after doctors stablised his condition.
Mrs Muhammad, 35, sadly died in hospital the day before her 50-year-old ex-husband was charged with murder.
Wearing a grey prison-issue tracksuit and glasses, he replied ‘yes’ when asked to confirm his date of birth and gave his nationality as British.
The Recorder of London, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, remanded Unmathallegadoo in custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing at the same court on 6 February next year.
Mrs Muhammad’s husband, Imtiaz (right), said she was standing at the sink when the arrow hit
An aerial shot shows a police incident tent pressed up against the window through which the killer shot Mrs Muhammad
Father-of-three Imtiaz Muhammad shouted ‘run, run, run’ as the killer chased him into the kitchen and fired the weapon
A two-week trial was also fixed to begin on 8 April.
Mrs Muhammad’s husband Imtiaz has told how he shouted ‘run, run, run’ after he saw a man hiding in the family’s shed.
Police were called to the house on Applegarth Drive at 7.40am where Mrs Muhammad was found with a wound to her abdomen.
DCI Gary Holmes, of the Metropolitan Police’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: ‘This is a tragic incident and our sympathies are with the loved ones and friends of the victim.’