A Jamaican criminal who avoided deportation after legal challenges backed by Labor MPs and a host of celebrities has committed a murder, the Daily Mail has revealed.
Ernesto Elliott was due to be aboard a Home Office charter flight in December 2020, but dodged efforts to get him out thanks to last-minute human rights appeals.
But in June 2021, six months after he was supposed to be expelled from Britain, Elliott murdered a 35-year-old man in a gruesome knife fight.
Elliott was jailed last month for at least 26 years for murder, it can be revealed today.
Bystanders who witnessed the bloody eight-minute confrontation suffered “significant trauma,” police said.
Ernesto Elliott, right, killed Nathaniel Eyewu-Ago, left, in a knife fight
Elliott was jailed last month for at least 26 years for murder.
It was a crime that would never have taken place if Elliott, now 45, had been sent back to his home country.
Last night Priti Patel, who oversaw the attempt to remove Elliott when he was in charge of the Home Office, said the case showed why it was crucial to challenge ‘do-gooders’ trying to block deportations.
Elliott was supposed to be on the chartered Boeing 757 on December 2, 2020, after being convicted of a knife offense, law enforcement sources said. But he and 22 other serious offenders filed last-minute appeals, including human rights claims, which led to their avoidance of deportation to Jamaica.
The 23 criminals had been sentenced to a combined total of 156 years in prison. Their calls came just days after 60 celebrities, authors and other public figures signed an open letter opposing the flight.
They included supermodel Naomi Campbell, Line of Duty star Thandiwe Newton, James Bond actress Naomie Harris and historian David Olusoga. A large number of Labor MPs also added their signatures.
Opposition parliamentarians even compared the deportation flight to the Windrush scandal, despite the fact that the Caribbean migrants who suffered a terrible injustice in that episode had not committed any crime.
On June 2, 2021, Elliott was involved in a vicious knife fight in broad daylight in Greenwich, south-east London.
Along with his 23-year-old son Nico, Elliott robbed and murdered 35-year-old Nathaniel Eyewu-Ago in a drug fight.
The horrific incident was recorded on video by shocked neighbors. It shows Elliott, her son and another man repeatedly swinging long-bladed knives and a hammer at the victim, who was armed with a machete.
Mr. Eyewu-Ago collapsed after being stabbed in the heart and died in hospital six days later.
Following a trial at the Old Bailey last month, Elliott, from Walthamstow, east London, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 26 years and a concurrent sentence of 12 years for theft. Keeping him in jail will cost the taxpayer more than £1.3m at current rates.
Priti Patel, who oversaw the attempt to remove Elliott while he was in charge of the Home Office, said the case showed why it was crucial to challenge “do-gooders” trying to block deportations.
Elliott was one of 23 criminals who avoided deportation to Jamaica
David Olusoga was among 60 celebrities, authors and other public figures who signed an open letter opposing the flight.
His son was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum sentence of 22 years and a concurrent sentence of ten years for robbery.
Detective Chief Inspector Kate Kieran said the father and son were “prepared to use any form of violence necessary to protect their stolen property” after robbing the victim of drugs and cash.
It added that the crime had “caused significant trauma to innocent members of the public who witnessed it.”
Former Home Secretary Ms Patel said: “This case is exactly why we must continue to defy protests from the Labor Party, celebrity charities and immigration lawyers and expel convicted foreign criminals, rapists, murderers, child molesters and drug dealers who have no right to be in this country.
After avoiding deportation in 2020, Elliott is believed to have been released back onto the streets within weeks. The Home Office can detain foreign criminals only if there is a “realistic prospect of imminent removal”.
Home Office Secretary Chris Philp said at the time: “It is disappointing that immigration law firms continued to use last-minute tactics to remove significant numbers of offenders from this flight.” Those we are trying to expel have committed crimes that have a devastating impact on the victims and their families.’ Another foreign criminal who avoided being sent back to Jamaica on the same flight was the murderer Michael Antonio White.
He and his accomplice Hopeton Alexander Pink were given life sentences at Kingston Crown Court in London in 2003 after shooting a man six times at point-blank range.
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘Overseas criminals who exploit our system and commit crimes here in the UK will face the full force of the law, including deportation at the first opportunity for those eligible. While legal challenges may thwart immediate deportation, we remain steadfast in our commitment to deport those who abuse our hospitality.”