Man jailed for 16 years for murdering wife

Mohammed Azizi has been sentenced for the murder of his wife, 47-year-old Malak Adabzadeh last year.

58-year-old Azizi of Stoneycroft was jailed for life with a minimum of 16 years at Liverpool Crown Court today, Friday 22 April.

At around 4.55pm on Thursday 25 November 2021, emergency services were called to reports that Malak, who was also known as Katy, had been found in a house on The Green in Stoneycroft. She was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem revealed the cause of her death to be head trauma.

Following extensive enquiries by police, three men were arrested on suspicion of murder. Azizi was later charged and remanded into custody.

Azizi was jailed today after submitting a guilty plea on Monday 21 March.

The two other men arrested, aged 21 and 46 have now been released with no further action.

Detective Inspector John Holden said, “This was an extremely tragic incident which led to the death of a woman in her own home.

“Although no sentence can ever bring Malak back, I hope that the sentence today will bring some sense of closure to her loved ones now that justice has been served.

“Domestic abuse is an utterly shocking and reprehensible crime which is completely unacceptable.

“At Merseyside Police we have a longstanding commitment to ensuring reports of domestic abuse are thoroughly investigated and offenders prosecuted. We are also committed to giving wraparound support to all survivors.

“We know that domestic abuse is not an issue that the police can tackle alone which is why we will continue to work with our partners to develop and use all available tools and practices to encourage people to report domestic abuse and offer them assistance when they do.

“I cannot stress how important it is that anyone who finds themselves in a violent or controlling relationship doesn’t stay silent but finds the courage to speak to someone about it. You are not alone and there is a lot of help available, both via Merseyside Police and our partner organisations, so please take that first step.

“I would also encourage neighbours and friends of those that are suffering from domestic abuse to speak up. Trust your instincts – if something you’ve seen or heard doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. By knowing the signs of domestic abuse, you could help a friend, colleague or family member.

“All reports are treated seriously, they will be investigated sensitively and we will do everything we can to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Anyone with information on domestic abuse can contact @MerPolCC, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If someone is in immediate danger they should dial 999 and speak to an operator but we also accept that openly speaking is not always an option.

The Silent Solution is a service which means a vulnerable person can call 999 and alert us, by pressing ’55’ and coughing or tapping the handset. This will indicate that help is needed and we will respond. 

Local support agencies:

Worst Kept Secret

Merseyside helpline

Freephone 0800 028 3398

Savera UK

Tackling domestic abuse within black and minority ethnic communities

Freephone 0800 107 0726 or

0151 709 6586*

*24 hour voicemail facility

Safe Place

Sexual assault referral centre for Merseyside

0151 295 3550*

*24 hours, 365 days a year

RASA Merseyside

Support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse 0151 666 1392*

*Tuesday 6pm – 8pm, Thursday 6pm – 8pm, Friday 12pm – 2pm

Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service

0800 084 2744 / 0151 263 7474

Centre 56 Women and children’s aid centre

0151 727 1355

South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services

0800 083 7114 / 0151 494 2222

SWACA Sefton women’s and children’s aid

0151 922 8606*

*Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9.30am – 5pm,

Wednesday 9.30pm – 7pm, Friday 9.30am – 3pm

Amadudu Women’s Refuge

0151 734 0083

Helena Refuge

Support for male or female victims

01925 220 541 (24hrs)

Listening Ear

Support for children and young people

0151 488 6648

Wirral Women’s and Children’s Aid

(Wirral Refuge) – 0151 643 9766

Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid

(SWACA) – 0151 922 8606

The First Step, Knowsley

0151 548 3333

St Helens Safe2Speak

Support and advice01744 743200

St Helens Safe2Speak:

Emergency assistance with

accommodation – 01925 220541

(24 hours)

A full list of support services available through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victim Care Merseyside Service can be found here: Liverpool: Victim Care Merseyside


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