Ex-policeman jailed for life

Former Kent police officer Ivan Esack has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering his wife Natalie.

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Wife murder: "Police need better training"

Responding to the conviction of wife killer Ivan Esack Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, said:

“Kent police were made aware of Ivan Esack’s threatening behaviour on four separate occasions before he killed his wife.

"Natalie did not want to press charges, but any police officer who has received proper training in domestic violence should know that victims of abuse are frequently bullied into withdrawing statements or refusing to press charges.

"The onus is on the police to pursue an investigation.

"Failure to do so can mean that dangerous men are left free to kill.

"Natalie’s case is, sadly, not an isolated one.

"Until the police, and other agencies, improve their response to victims of domestic violence, this horrific figure will not change."


Wife killer: Victim's family statement

We, as a family, are all totally devastated at the loss of such a truly wonderful daughter, grand-daughter, sister and friend.

Anyone that was lucky enough to come into Natalie’s life would tell you the same, that she was the most caring, selfless and genuine, happy outgoing person.

There will never be true justice for our loss. No one should have to bury their daughter or sister at such a young age, just because someone else had decided to take them away from everyone they love.

The most precious person has been ripped from our lives and we would ask that anyone who may be suffering like Natalie to please seek help before it is too late.

Guilty man's murder confession

More CCTV has been released which capture Ivan Esack's movements in the hours before he killed his wife. He's first spotted in a supermarket, buying a kitchen knife.

He's then caught on camera parking his car - and then walking towards his wife Natalie's hair salon, where he stabbed her to death.

In this special report, by our Correspondent Derek Johnson, we also hear Esack's police confessions as he says "I snapped. I just snapped. I lost it."

Ex cop guilty of wife murder

Former Kent police officer Ivan Esack found guilty of murdering his wife Natalie.

He stabbed her to death in a hair salon in front of shocked onlookers in Ashford in Kent.

He had admitted manslaughter but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Maidstone Crown Court heard how Esack stabbed the 33-year-old up to 11 times with such ferocity that the blade bent and the tip broke off.

The court had heard he could not deal with her starting another relationship after they had separated.

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