Lecturer accused of wife’s murder seen holding stomach, with trail of blood on floor

The lecturer dr. Ertan Ersoy is accused of inciting his 52-year-old Italian-born wife, Dr. Having murdered Antonella Castelvedere at her home in Colchester, Essex

dr Antonella Castelvedere was found mortally wounded
dr Antonella Castelvedere was found mortally wounded

A university lecturer in economics appeared in court today accused of murdering his wife at their terraced house in Colchester, Essex.

dr Ertan Ersoy is said to have died on Wednesday June 1st, the mother of a child and his colleague Dr. who murdered Antonella Castelvedere.

Today Ersoy, 50, wore gray coveralls as he appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court for a five-minute hearing.

The lecturer is accused of murdering his 52-year-old Italian-born wife, who taught English literature at Suffolk University.

Police and ambulances attended and administered medical treatment, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:22 p.m. The accused was arrested and subjected to police questioning. He is understood to have been injured and seen clutching his stomach.

The woman was found dead in Colchester, Essex


Essex Police)

Ersoy, who turned 50 on Sunday, was a part-time lecturer in economics at the same university, according to biographical websites.

He has a PhD in economics from Marmara University in Turkey and was briefly an economics researcher at SOAS in London, according to a website.

Yesterday police were outside the couple’s £260,000 Victorian home, which is on a leafy suburban street.

Well-wishers left floral tributes in front of the house, which has a bright red door and a small rectangular gravel front yard.

A note left by neighbors read: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this very sad event.”

Ambulance services on site at Wickham Road, Colchester


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Locals yesterday said they were heartbroken over the dead woman’s six-year-old daughter, who was at summer camp during the alleged murder.

One pub owner said: “I just feel sorry for the little girl. She’s going to have to live with it for the rest of her life.”

A former student, Dr. Castelvedere, who also taught an MA in creative writing, was described as a “bubbly and positive person”.

The 28-year-old, who asked not to be named, said: “You can’t believe anyone would ever want to harm her.”

“She was a force of nature. She had this aura of positivity and happiness.”

On-site emergency services


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The University of Suffolk said Dr. Castelvedere is an “outstanding” academic.

A spokesman said yesterday: “The University of Suffolk community is deeply saddened by the untimely death of Dr. Antonella Castelvedere.

“Antonella was a widely respected and well-loved staff member 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.”

Essex Police previously said officers were called to a report of an injured man at an address in Wickham Road, Colchester, just after 11.45am on June 1.

Officers arrived and found a man with injuries and a woman who were sadly pronounced dead a short time later, the force said.

Detective Chief Inspector Antony Alcock said: “Although we have reached the point of indictment, our dedicated team of detectives continues to gather reports from witnesses and other evidence.

“Thanks to those who have helped us and we would appreciate any further information that others can offer.

“This was an isolated case and there is no threat to the general public in Colchester.”

Ersoy was remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court at 10am on Thursday. Lecturer accused of wife's murder seen holding stomach, with trail of blood on floor

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