Ivan Esack stabbed his estranged wife to death: Court
Floral tributes outside
Esack Hair and Beauty after Mrs Esack's death
Former police officer Ivan Esack stabbed his estranged wife to
death in her hairdressing salon after making a series of threats to
kill her, a court heard.
Jealous of Natalie Esack’s new relationship, he went to
Sainsbury's supermarket in Ashford to buy the knife on a Monday
morning, parked his car in the shopping centre and strolled to
Esack Hair Design in the High Street.
Teenage hairdresser Chelsea Ford watched in horror as
38-year-old Esack plunged the blade into Natalie, 33 - up to
11 times as she tried to escape into a basement, Maidstone Crown
Court was told.
Miss Ford, 17, later told police how the ex-detective then
calmly walked out of the salon declaring: “She deserved it, the
He went home to Rosewood Drive in the town and was arrested
there soon afterwards.
Natalie Esack (left) and
husband Ivan Esack (right)
Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC said there was no dispute Esack
killed Natalie on April 30 this year.
He claimed he had intended to kill himself in front of her in
the salon but lost control when she told him to get out.
“The defence case is that Mr Esack should not be convicted of
murder because at the time his responsibility was diminished as a
result of the fact he was suffering from a recognised mental
condition - and as a result he should be found not guilty of
murder, but guilty of manslaughter,” he said.
The trial continues.
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