N’Taya Elliott-Cleverley Wiki
N’Taya Elliott-Cleverley Biography
Who was N’Taya Elliott-Cleverley?
Police found the body of 20-year-old nursery school nurse N’Taya Elliott-Cleverley in an apartment she shared with her partner Nigel Diakite on Prince Alfred Road, Wavertree, Liverpool, on January 29 last year.
Diakite, also known as Mohammed Diakite, was charged with his murder the next day.
A preliminary post-mortem examination indicated that the cause of death for Miss Elliott-Cleverley was “mechanical asphyxiation”.
Diakite, 19, denies her murder and the trial at Liverpool Crown Court is expected to last two weeks.
Prosecutor Ian Unsworth QC told the jury: “In the early hours of the last Friday in January last year, N’Taya Elliott-Cleverley, a young 20-year-old mother from Liverpool, was murdered in her bed in the Wavertree, her house.
Police at a house in Prince Alfred Road, Wavertree, in a murder investigation, 29 January 2021
His young life came to an end in the most violent way. N’Taya was the victim of a brutal, ruthless and sustained attack.
She was restrained, suffered multiple blows to the face, and was strangled not only by a hand or hands, but also by a ligature such as rope. It is also likely that the perpetrator obstructed his airway, perhaps using a hand or a pillow.
The perpetrator was the accused, who was an associate of N’Taya Cleverley. There is overwhelming evidence that he killed her.
Unsworth said that Diakite and Miss Elliott-Cleverley met in Liverpool sometime in 2019.
The prosecutor alleged that the accused told her how he had fled the Ivory Coast in Africa, and that she and others knew him as Nigel.
At the time of the incident, Diakite was receiving assistance from a support worker in connection with her immigration application.
Unsworth says their relationship “wasn’t always smooth.”
In early 2020, Miss Elliott-Cleverley became pregnant with the defendant and gave birth to her daughter at Liverpool Women’s Hospital on 22 September of that year. At the time of her death, the child was just four months old.
“As you will hear, she [the baby] was in the same room at the time her father killed her mother,” the prosecutor told the court.
Mr Unsworth continued: “During the police search of the property, a blood-stained jump rope was found hidden under a rubbish bag.”
Showing the jury the jump rope, he said, “The jump rope was missing a handle. She had one on. The other was missing.
The missing handle was found on the floor behind the sofa. That was examined and found to contain the DNA of the defendant and N’Taya’.
He added: ‘We understand, members of the jury, that the defendant will suggest that he had been skipping immediately prior to the events that bring us here.
“So it will be suggested that he may remember that, but not how he came to have N’Taya’s blood on him, or how he came to be where he was.”