Arrow attack in UK: Ex-husband on trial for killing pregnant Indian-origin woman

London: A heavily pregnant Indian-origin woman was shot dead with an arrow allegedly by her jealous ex-husband in a “deliberate and calculated act of revenge” last November at her east London home, a UK court was told. According to prosecutors, 51-year-old Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, armed with two crossbows, burst out of the garden shed at a suburban home in Ilford, London, and shot arrows at his ex-wife Devi Unmathallegadoo as she tried to flee upstairs.

The 35-year-old Devi, aka Sana Muhammad after she converted to Islam to marry Imtiaz Muhammad, died. The arranged marria­ge of De­vi and Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo ended in divorce in 2014, after which she went on to marry Imtiaz.  She had three kids, aged 18, 14 and 12, with Ramanodge and two girls, aged five and two, with Muhammad. Her unborn baby was later rescued in a Caesarean surgery following the attack.

Meanwhile, a murder trial involving an Indian-origin businessman charged with strangling his wife to death at their home in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands region of England has got underway at a UK court. Gurpreet Singh, 43, is accused of killing his second wife 38-year-old Sarbjit Kaur with an “unknown accomplice” in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands region, in February last year.

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