UK: Indian-origin pregnant woman killed by former partner in Crossbow attack
An Indian origin pregnant woman was killed in the United Kingdom after an arrow pierced her abdomen in a crossbow attack. The unborn baby was survived after an emergency Caesarian section, but he is battling for his life in the hospital.
The incident is said to have taken place on Monday evening in Ilford area of east London.
“The victim was found suffering an abdominal injury. She was taken to hospital where she later died,” the Metropolitan Police told news agency PTI.
Scotland Yard officers have booked Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo (50) with the murder of the Indian origin woman. The attacker is said to be her former partner.
Devi Unmathallegadoo was known locally as Sana Muhammad after reportedly she converted to Islam when she married her husband Imtiaz Muhammad almost seven years ago.
The victim had children aged 12, 14 and 18, with her former partner and two young girls, aged five and two, with Muhammad.
According to PTI report, Imtiaz was at home when he noticed the attacker in their shed with a loaded crossbow. He ran back into the home to alert his wife and children, but she was shot with the arrow in her abdomen soon after.
“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.
Hearing her cries for help, Neighbours rushed for help outside the house and described seeing a 30-cm-long crossbow being carried out of the home by police officers as evidence.
“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,” the news agency quoted him as saying.
Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo remains in custody and will now appear before the Old Bailey court in London on Thursday.