Husband who shot pregnant ex with crossbow ‘only planned to confront her new partner about raising his daughter as a Muslim’

A JILTED husband who shot his pregnant ex through the heart with a crossbow only planned to confront her new lover about raising his daughter as a Muslim, a court has heard.

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 51, allegedly built up a cache of weapons before killing 35-year-old Devi Unmathallegadoo at the home she shared with her husband in November 2018.

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The Old Bailey heard how their arranged marriage collapsed in 2012 – before she moved in with builder Imtiaz Muhammad.

He spent the night before the attack sleeping in the victim's garden shed, armed with two new crossbows, bolts, a hammer and a knife in a homemade sheath.

Giving evidence today, he claimed he only went to the house to confront Imtiaz about his daughter's schooling.

He told jurors he accidentally pulled the trigger while trying to stop him running upstairs.

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He said: "While I was doing that movement, my finger was on it and it just went.

"I wasn't prepared at that time to pull the trigger, but the movement I did, I didn't know it was that sensitive because I'd never fired it before.

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"I went into the hallway and saw Nishta on the stairs with an arrow.

"At that time after I have seen Nishta on the stairs I just felt like a chill in my spine because I didn't realise that she was the one that got hurt or anyone else had got hurt."

The defendant, of no fixed address, denies murder and the attempted destruction of the baby. The trial continues.

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