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  • 11 January 2013, 15:40

Hairdresser Murder: Man Killed Wife In Salon

A man has been found guilty of stabbing his estranged wife to death at her high street hair salon.

Ivan Esack knifed Natalie Esack up to 11 times in front of her colleague because he could not cope with her being with someone else.

Mrs Esack, 33, was stabbed in the neck and chest in an attack which lasted about 20 seconds before she fell to the floor.

The 8in (20cm) blade bent and the tip broke off due to the ferocity of the attack at Esack Hair and Beauty in High Street, Ashford, Kent, on April 30 last year.

Esack then turned to his estranged wife's colleague, Chelsea Ford, then 17, and said: "She deserved it."

In the period before the killing, he had told Mrs Esack she was a "dead woman walking" and added: "Tick tock, tick tock."

It took a jury at Maidstone Crown Court seven hours to find the ex-Kent detective constable turned aspiring football agent guilty of the murder after a three-week trial.

The 38-year-old, of Rosewood Drive, Ashford, will be sentenced on Monday.

He declined to give evidence during the trial and had admitted manslaughter, claiming his responsibility was diminished and that he was suffering from a mental condition.

Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC described Esack as a "violent and controlling" man who, unable to deal with the separation, killed his estranged wife "because he didn't want her to be with anyone else".

He bought the murder weapon from a supermarket moments before the attack and made sure she was working that day. CCTV footage showed him parking his car before he walked over to the salon.

The couple married in 2006, but by October 2011 they had split up.

The relationship was beyond repair by the end of February last year, and Mrs Esack left the couple's home and moved in with her father.

The court heard the day before the killing there were a series of phone calls between Mrs Esack, her estranged husband and her new partner, Justin Khadaroo, whom she had known since 2007.

Recorded messages of some of the exchanges were played in court, with Esack threatening to kill his wife, saying: "You're going to die, babe."

In another he said: "I'm going to murder you, seriously, Is that what you want?"

In one exchange Mrs Esack asked him: "What are my options?" Esack replied: "Death, death, death."

During the trial, Miss Ford broke down in tears as she described the horror of the attack to jurors. She said he threw the blood-covered knife down in the salon and walked out "as if he didn't care".

"He was just a horrible person," Miss Ford said. "Whatever she did was wrong. He had to be right. If she wanted to do something, she had to ask him."

After they split, Esack sent texts calling Mrs Esack names, Miss Ford told the jury. She said: "He would send her horrible words. She had no confidence because of him."

She also revealed that during a make-or-break holiday to Mexico, Esack told his wife he was in a relationship with a man named Louis.

He told Mrs Esack she should be tested for sexually transmitted diseases after disclosing the gay love affair to her, jurors heard.

Miss Ford said: "He was always threatening to kill her. She always told me that if you don't laugh you cry, so she laughed about it."

It also emerged during the trial that Esack, who claimed to have been rejected as a local Conservative Party candidate, had ideas of becoming prime minister and thought of himself as a James Bond-style figure.

He was said to have had a "narcissistic" personality and falsely boasted that through his footballing contacts he was friends with Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson and Rio Ferdinand.

The prosecution's psychiatrist agreed that Esack was suffering from a "narcissistic personality disorder" but disagreed that he had an abnormality of his mental function.

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