Lecturer arrives at court in van to face charge he murdered Italian wife in Essex home


Economics lecturer, 50, arrives at court in police van to face charge he murdered Italian lecturer wife, 52, in knife attack in their Essex family home

  • Italian-born Antonella Castelvedere was stabbed to death in Essex family home
  • Mother-of-one shared £260,000 Colchester house with daughter and husband
  • Academic’s partner Ertan Ersoy was arrested and charged with murder
  • Ersoy, who shared campus with Dr Castelvedere, to appear at court today

An economics lecturer accused of stabbing his Italian-born academic wife to death in their Essex family home has today arrived at court in a police van to face a charge of murder. 

Dr Antonella Castelvedere, 52, was found seriously injured with knife wounds at their £260,000 Victorian home in Wickham Road, Colchester, shortly after 11.45am last Wednesday, and died at the scene.

The mother-of-one lectured in English and Critical Writing at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich, where her husband Ertan Ersoy taught on the same campus. 

Ersoy, 50, was found injured at the home, arrested, and taken to hospital for treatment. Last night Essex Police charged him with murder, and he is set to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court today. 

Biographical websites describe Ersoy as a Visiting Fellow to the university’s Suffolk Business School. 

He has a degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the Political Science Faculty of Ankara University and an MA and a PhD degree in Economics from Marmara University, also in Turkey.

A van carrying Ertan Ersoy arriving at Colchester Magistrates Court, June 8, 2022

A van carrying Ertan Ersoy arriving at Colchester Magistrates Court, June 8, 2022

Dr Antonella Castelvedere, 52, was found dead with knife wounds at her £260,000 Victorian home in Wickham Road, Colchester, shortly after 11.45am last Wednesday

Dr Antonella Castelvedere, 52, was found dead with knife wounds at her £260,000 Victorian home in Wickham Road, Colchester, shortly after 11.45am last Wednesday

Dr Antonella Castelvedere, 52, was found dead with knife wounds at her £260,000 Victorian home in Wickham Road, Colchester, shortly after 11.45am last Wednesday

A van carrying Ertan Ersoy arriving at Colchester Magistrates Court, June 8, 2022

A van carrying Ertan Ersoy arriving at Colchester Magistrates Court, June 8, 2022

Emergency services on the scene in Wickham Road, Colchester on June 7, 2022

Emergency services on the scene in Wickham Road, Colchester on June 7, 2022

Detective Chief Inspector Antony Alcock said: ‘Although we have reached the point of charge, our dedicated team of detectives are continuing to gather accounts from witnesses and other evidence.

‘My thanks go out to those who have helped us and we would welcome any more information others can offer. This was an isolated incident and there is no threat posed to the wider public in Colchester.’

Well-wishers have left floral tributes outside their bricked home, where police officers stood guard yesterday.

Ertan Ersoy, 50, has been charged with his wife's murder and will appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court today

Ertan Ersoy, 50, has been charged with his wife’s murder and will appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court today

One note left on a neighbouring street read: ‘Our thoughts are with all those affected by this very sad event. From the residents on Errington Road.’

The family’s home, which has a bright red door and a rectangular gravel front garden, remained cordoned off with crime scene tape.

Two marked police cars were outside the house yesterday as locals spoke of their shock at what had happened.

A woman who was gardening over the road said: ‘It’s all horrible. The worst thing is that she has got a daughter. There were some people crying outside the house on the weekend, I’m guessing they might be her family. I probably saw her 10 times but we only said hello. She was always friendly but we didn’t see her too often.’

Dr Castelvedere was from the town of Bagnolo Mella in the province of Brescia Lombardy in northern Italy. She had lived in the UK for around 25 years.

Neighbours who held a Platinum Jubilee street party in their road over the weekend have placed flowers in her memory outside her house.

Residents in the road decided to go ahead with the party to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign after taking the advice of police. They described her as ‘quiet’ and ‘well liked’.

Dr Castelvedere’s father Spartaco, a former director of an agricultural consortium, her mother Mina and brother Ferruccio still live in Bagnolo Mella. They have made no comment about her death so far. 

The woman was found dead at a property on Wickham Road in Colchester, Essex on June 1

The woman was found dead at a property on Wickham Road in Colchester, Essex on June 1

A police cordon set up outside a home on Wickham Road in Colchester on June 7, 2022

A police cordon set up outside a home on Wickham Road in Colchester on June 7, 2022

The University of Suffolk said in a statement: ‘The University of Suffolk community is deeply saddened by the untimely death of Dr Antonella Castelvedere.

‘Antonella was a widely respected and well-liked member of staff at the university where she was an outstanding academic in English and Critical Writing. Our thoughts are with her family at this very difficult time.’

The university’s website described her as ‘Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Course Leader of the MA Creative and Critical Writing’.

It added: ‘With an international outlook, she has a long experience in enhancing student experience through academic leadership, innovative curriculum design and professional partnerships.’

Paying tribute, a heartbroken former student, now a teacher herself, today said: ‘You can’t believe that anyone would ever want to harm her.’

The 28-year-old, who asked not to be named, added: ‘She was always a positive and bubbly person. She was a force of nature. 

‘She had this aura of positivity and happiness. She really cared about education and she was one of the most intelligent women I’ve ever had the honour of meeting.’

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