Hairdresser Chelsea Ford relives moment boss was stabbed in Ashford salon
A hairdresser has relived the terrifying moment she saw her boss
stabbed to death in her salon.
For Chelsea Ford, just 17 at the time, life changed forever on
April 30 this year.
She had been employed by Natalie Esack after doing
work experience at the Esack Hair Design salon in Ashford.
But at 9.07am Natalie's estranged husband Ivan phoned to ask if
his wife was there.
Natalie told her to say she wasn't. He asked what time her first
appointment was and Chelsea, pictured left, told him about
Shortly afterwards she went towards the blinds at the front of
the shop and saw Esack, of Rosewood Drive,
"His right arm was at his side not moving and his left arm was
swinging," she told the jury.
"He opened the door and came in. Natalie was at reception."
Natalie (left) and Ivan
Chelsea sobbed as she told the hushed court: "He went towards
her. He raised his arm. I hadn't noticed anything his hand. I saw
"He stabbed her. She screamed. I saw blood go onto the wall.
"I started screaming. Natalie pushed past me and ran to the top
of the stairs at the back. He followed her.
"He stabbed her right in the middle of the back. She was holding
on to the door frame.
"He kept stabbing her. She fell to the floor. He walked back
towards me. I said I needed to get to her. He told me: 'She
deserved it, the bitch.'
"He just walked out. He walked out as if he didn't care."
"He stabbed her. She screamed. I saw blood go onto the wall" – hairdresser Chelsea Ford
Chelsea said she
called 999 and ran to the shop next door to get help. The knife
with blood on it lay on the kitchen floor and she asked police
officers to take it away.
The teenager said she believed Esack wanted to control Natalie,
"She would always watch what she said," she continued. "He was
just a horrible person.
"He always had to be right and what ever she did was wrong."
She said Esack was always threatening to kill Natalie -
telling Chelsea his wife was a dead woman walking.
Chelsea said Esack once strangled Natalie in the salon, leaving
red marks on her neck.
Police forensics officers
at Esacks Hair and Beauty in Ashford High Street. Picture: Andy
Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC earlier said there was no dispute
Esack, 38, 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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