Met Police ‘missed possibilities to guard girl killed by ex-husband with crossbow’

The Metropolitan Police missed alternatives to guard a girl from her former husband within the years earlier than he killed her with a crossbow, based on a report.

Sana Muhammad, 35, was eight months’ pregnant when then 51-year-old Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo burst into her residence and fired an arrow into her abdomen in November 2018.

Ms Muhammad suffered catastrophic inside accidents and died, however her unborn son was delivered by Caesarean part and survived.

Unmathallegadoo, previously a senior nurse at Newham General Hospital in east London, was convicted of homicide in November 2019 and jailed for all times with a minimal time period of 33 years.

Ms Muhammad was 17 and Unmathallegadoo was 31 after they entered into an organized marriage in Mauritius in 1999, the place they have been each born, earlier than divorcing in 2014.

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo was convicted of homicide (CPS)

A home murder evaluate (DHR) report has revealed that the Met Police missed alternatives to guard Ms Muhammad between 2012 and 2018, together with binning a “housebreaking package” linked to Unmathallegadoo discovered outdoors his ex-wife’s residence the yr earlier than the killing.

According to the report, performed by Redbridge Council and chaired by former police officer Bill Griffiths, Ms Muhammad referred to as police to her residence in February 2012 telling them she “didn’t really feel protected” round her husband.

She added to the decision handler her mom had instructed her that morning that Unmathallegadoo had stated to her: “The approach I’m feeling proper now, I might kill somebody, would you like me to go to jail?”

Mr Griffiths wrote within the report that the expectation would have been {that a} threat evaluation ought to happen following the decision, however this was not executed.

“The report doesn’t present the rationale this didn’t occur,” the DHR writer stated.

In March 2012, it’s understood that an officer gave Ms Muhammad “robust phrases of recommendation” in regards to the appropriate use of the emergency system after she referred to as the police to report verbal aggression from her husband, earlier than telling the visiting officer that she had no agency foundation for phoning.

The results of the go to was recorded as “no trigger for police motion”.

The DHR report discovered: “On this event, a possibility was missed to make a home abuse incident report and to share data with associate companies.”

The panel “queried” whether or not the “robust phrases of recommendation” could have “hindered” Ms Muhammad’s communication with the police, after listening to future calls she made by which she gave the impression to be “holding again” on offering data.

In November 2017, a member of the general public discovered a hidden rucksack on the road behind Ms Muhammad’s residence that contained “a set of new-looking keys, PVA glue, binoculars, Vaseline, bin luggage, massive procuring bag, duct tape, Allen keys and barrel lube…a field of unopened prescription remedy in (Unmathallegadoo’s) full title”.

The DHR report stated: “Having attended the placement and picked up the gadgets, the 2 officers returned to the police station and, as an alternative of recording the discovered property as required, they disposed of it within the refuse bins within the rear yard.

“Apart from the unique report on the CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system, no report of the discover or the circumstances have been made on any of the police indices. No additional inquiries have been made and no experiences generated.

“Had the officers appropriately made a report it’s possible, however on no account sure, that it might have led to (Unmathallegadoo) being recognized via the prescription and that will have led to questioning in regards to the objective of the gadgets discovered.”


The DHR report described the disposal of the “housebreaking package” as a “missed alternative” to deduce that Unmathallegadoo had been conducting surveillance with the attainable intent to commit housebreaking.

It went on: “With the good thing about hindsight, the failure to appropriately report the property discovered on the event of the primary report might be seen as influencing the ultimate final result.

“This was not an instance of forgetfulness, inexperience or lack of training, fairly, it appears a deliberate act to keep away from ‘paperwork’, albeit that stress of work could have contributed to the choice.”

A misconduct listening to was performed in February 2021 in respect of each officers by which they admitted not recording the property. The panel determined to cope with the breach by the use of “administration motion” to make sure the officers dealt with property consistent with coverage sooner or later.

In March 2018, the identical member of the general public discovered two crossbows, crossbow arrows, a harpoon and a bottle of acid in the identical hiding place, based on the report.

The police have been referred to as and the gadgets have been recorded appropriately however the discover was not linked to the earlier one as a result of there was no cross-reference accessible on police methods.

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo court case

A crossbow owned by Sana Muhammad’s killer. (Metropolitan Police)

The report made a number of suggestions together with that the Met Police design and supply “reinforcement coaching” on dealing with discovered property and that the Home Office evaluate the regulation on crossbow acquisition and take into account a licensing scheme.

The Met Police outlined the suggestions in an announcement and stated: “The Met has accepted all of those factors and work has been undertaken, or is ongoing, to make sure they’re carried out.

“Tackling violence, significantly towards ladies and ladies, is a key precedence for the Met and an space the place we now have made nice strides in current occasions. Across the Met there are devoted groups of officers working across the clock to assist victims and finishing up enquiries to convey perpetrators to justice.”

The power additionally stated: “Our honest condolences stay with the household of Sana Muhammad following her homicide in Redbridge in 2018.”

A Home Office spokesperson stated: “We categorical our sympathies to Ms Muhammad’s family members.

“We are contemplating choices on strengthening the controls on crossbows. The authorities retains all related legal guidelines underneath evaluate to take care of public security.”



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