Ex-police officer Ivan Esack claimed wife Natalie Esack drove him to stabbing her in Ashford salon, court told
Defendant Ivan Esack told police he "went abolsutely
by Keith Hunt
Former police officer Ivan Esack claimed his estranged wife had
driven him "to the brink" when he stabbed her to death in her
hair salon, a court heard.
The 38-year-old said in a police interview he had intended to go
to Natalie Esack's salon in Ashford High Street to harm himself and
"make her feel bad" about what he felt she had done to him.
"Basically, I was wound up," he said. "I just was upset and
basically lost the plot. The first words she said to me was 'Get
out', or words to that effect, and I just snapped."
"I just went crazy - absolutely crazy. I have taken a life. I killed her. I wish I could turn the clock back because I loved her…” – Ivan Esack
Maidstone Crown Court has been told Esack then stabbed
Natalie, 33, up to 11 times in front of employee Chelsea Ford, 17,
at Esack Hair and Beauty on the morning of Monday April 30 this
year. She died soon afterwards.
Miss Ford said she had heard Esack tell Natalie in the salon she
was "a dead woman walking - tick tock, tick tock".
The prosecution say the ex-detective turned football agent
attacked Natalie after making a series of threats because he was
jealous of her new relationship.
Esack admitted saying after his arrest she had it coming to
her because "of the way she had behaved at the weekend". He said he
did not remember declaring: "I don't regret a thing."
"I was quite drunk this morning," he told an officer.
Hairdresser Natalie Esack
was found stabbed to death in her Ashford salon
Esack did admit saying: "She drove me to it. I am not a violent
person, but she drove me to it."
Asked to explain why he stabbed Natalie, he replied: "Basically,
it was an overspill to what happened at the weekend. I was just
"I had a bad weekend and I just wanted to go to the shop to
speak to Natalie. I was going to harm myself, to be honest."
Esack said he went to Sainsbury's to buy the knife and some
chicken for his cat.
"I took the knife out of my pocket and intended to slash my
wrists or neck," he said. "I just wanted to make her feel bad about
what she has done to me - how I saw it any way."
Police cordoned off
Natalie Esack's salon in Ashford High Street
Esack admitted: "I just went crazy - absolutely crazy. I have
taken a life. I killed her. I wish I could turn the clock back
because I loved her."
Esack, of Rosewood Drive, Ashford, denies murder claiming his
responsibility was diminished because he was suffering from a
The trial continues.
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