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Dr Antonella Castelvedere death: Husband Dr Ertan Ersoy to stand trial accused of murdering University of Suffolk lecturer



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An economics lecturer will stand trial for allegedly murdering his wife, a fellow academic, at their suburban home.

Dr Ertan Ersoy, 50, is said to have murdered mum-of-one Dr Antonella Castelvedere, 52, in Colchester, Essex, on June 1.

Ersoy, who has not entered a formal plea, wore a grey t-shirt as he appeared via video link at Chelmsford Crown Court today.

Dr Antonella Castelvedere. Picture: University of Suffolk.
Dr Antonella Castelvedere. Picture: University of Suffolk.

The academic, who holds a PhD in economics, is to face a 10-day trial at the same court in January next year.

Ersoy is accused of murdering his Italian-born wife Castelvedere, who taught English Literature at the University of Suffolk.

An inquest has given the provisional cause of death as a "stab wound to the neck".

The Colchester property that was taped off by police following the death of Dr Antonella Castelvedere, Picture: Essex Police.
The Colchester property that was taped off by police following the death of Dr Antonella Castelvedere, Picture: Essex Police.

Judge Chris Morgan told Ersoy: "The next hearing is August 2. You will be produced at Chelmsford Crown Court.

"On that date the court will ask that you will be arraigned on the charge that you face."

Ersoy was remanded in custody at HMP Chelmsford. The court is due to fix an exact trial date within the next week.

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

He holds a PhD in economics from Marmara University in Turkey and was briefly an economics researcher at SOAS in London, one website states.

His wife Dr Castelvedere, who also taught an MA in Creative Writing, was described as an "outstanding" academic by her employer.

This week, well-wishers left floral tributes outside the couple's £260,000 Victorian home, which has a bright red door and small rectangular gravel front garden.

One note left by neighbours read: "Our thoughts are with all those affected by this very sad event."

A former student has described Castelvedere, who also taught an MA in Creative Writing, as a "bubbly and positive person".

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

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

The University of Suffolk said that Castelvedere was an "outstanding" academic.

A spokesperson 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-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.”

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