Man jailed for minimum of 19 years for murder of girlfriend in Wavertree

A man has today, Monday 21 March, been jailed for 19 years after being convicted of the murder of his girlfriend in their Wavertree home.

Mohammed Diakite, 20, also known as Nigel, denied strangling 20-year-old N’Taya Elliott-Cleverley in the early hours of 29 January 2021 at their home in Prince Alfred Road. But following a two week trial at Liverpool Crown Court he was found guilty of murder.

He was today jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 19 years.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Speight said, “Mohammed Diakite is today starting a lengthy prison sentence for the senseless murder of his girlfriend N’Taya Elliot-Cleverley.

“Her family have been forced to sit through a trial where they have had to listen to the distressing details of her death and I would like to praise them for their dignity and composure.

“I want to reassure the public that Merseyside Police is committed to working with our communities and partners to tackle violence against women and girls and we will continue to do all we can to identify offenders and make our streets safer for women who live and work in our communities.

“My message to anyone suffering abuse, in any form, is please do not suffer in silence.

“Violence against women and girls should never be tolerated or dismissed but you are not alone and there is a lot of help available, both via Merseyside Police and our partner organisations.

“As a society we need to take a strong stance against violence against women and we will continue to do everything we can.

“If you need further help we can also talk to other agencies who can give you the ongoing support, advice and guidance you need.

“I would also encourage neighbours and friends of those that are suffering from abuse to speak up and help us to take positive action to remove those responsible from our communities so another family does not have to suffer in this way.”

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.’ This will indicate that help is needed and we will respond. 

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