Man who shot people with crossbow in London given hospital order

Man who shot two people with high-powered hunting crossbow in ‘random and unprovoked’ attacks in London given hospital order – but judge says he would have sentenced him to 14 years in prison had it been an option

  • Andrew Ramdeen, 30, shot a 33-year-old man in torso from six feet with a crossbow bolt in Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge, west London, on Sept 14, 2020
  • A month earlier, Ramdeen shot man, 19, in nearby The Greenway, with a bolt slicing the victim’s ear before striking a parked car
  • Ramdeen, of Northwood, was sentenced to section 37 hospital order after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent

A man who used a high-powered hunting crossbow to shoot and injure two people in random and unprovoked attacks in west London has been given a hospital order.

Andrew Ramdeen, 30, shot a 33-year-old man in the torso from six feet with a crossbow bolt in Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge, just after 8pm on September 14, 2020.

He suffered a ruptured aortic artery and punctured internal organs, losing five litres of blood. The Metropolitan Police said his life was ‘undoubtedly saved’ due to the expertise and skill of medical staff.

A month earlier, Ramdeen shot a 19-year-old man from 146ft at just before 10.30pm in The Greenway, with a bolt slicing the victim’s ear before striking a parked car.

Police said the victim’s injury was not life-threatening but a slight variation in the course of the bolt ‘could have been fatal’.

A man who used a high-powered hunting crossbow to shoot and injure two people in random and unprovoked attacks in west London has been given a hospital order

The hunting crossbow used by Ramdeen in the unprovoked attacks 

Andrew Ramdeen, 30, (pictured) shot a 33-year-old man in the torso from six feet with a crossbow bolt in Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge, just after 8pm on September 14, 2020


A month earlier, Ramdeen shot a 19-year-old man from 146ft at just before 10.30pm in The Greenway, with a bolt slicing the victim’s ear (pictured left and right) before striking a parked car

On Friday, Ramdeen, of Green Lane, Northwood, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court to a section 37 hospital order after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent following the attacks, according to the force.

The judge said he considered Ramdeen dangerous and that, had a hospital order not been an option, he would have passed a sentence of 14 years and nine months.

Detectives linked the two incidents due to the location and weapon used, with witnesses describing a white van without a registration number leaving the scene on both occasions.

They discovered that it was a company delivery vehicle fitted with a tracking device, which identified Ramdeen as the attacker.

After arresting Ramdeen on September 21, 2020, officers searched his address and found an Anglo Arms Panther 175lb hunting crossbow – with bolts matching those from the attacks.

CCTV also revealed him entering the property with the weapon.

The Met said the motivation behind the attacks has never been fully established.

After arresting Ramdeen on September 21, 2020, officers searched his address and found an Anglo Arms Panther 175lb hunting crossbow – with bolts matching those from the attacks. Pictured: CCTV of Ramdeen entering the property with the weapon

Under current legislation, it is an offence for anyone under 18 to purchase or possess a crossbow and for anyone to sell a crossbow to someone aged under 18.

Crossbows may also be considered offensive weapons and are prohibited from being carried in a public place without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.

Home Secretary Priti Patel ordered the Home Office to look at strengthening controls on owning the lethal weapons after a 19-year-old man was arrested at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day while allegedly in possession of a crossbow.

Detectives linked the two incidents due to the location and weapon used, with witnesses describing a white van (pictured) without a registration number leaving the scene on both occasions

Detective Inspector Daniel McInerney said: ‘It’s no exaggeration to say that in both instances the difference between life and death was but a matter of millimetres.

‘If the variation of the bolts had been ever so slightly different, two sets of families would have lost a loved one and we’d have been looking at two very different investigations.

‘It’s pure good fortune that the second victim was so close to a hospital. The doctors and nurses saved this man’s life.’

He added: ‘Though Ramdeen’s motive has never been established, the judge has been clear that he is considered a danger to the public and he has been sentenced appropriately.’

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