University lecturer died after being stabbed in the neck, inquest hears

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A university lecturer whose death is being investigated was stabbed in the neck, an inquest has been told.

Dr Ertan Ersoy, 50, of Wickham Road has been charged with the murder of his wife Dr Antonella Castelvedere, 52, on June 1.

Coroner’s officer Lynsey Chaffe told an inquest hearing on Thursday that Dr Castelvedere’s provisional cause of death was recorded as a "stab wound to the neck".

She said Dr Castelvedere, who taught at the University of Suffolk, was "found with stab wounds at an address in Colchester" and that her death was confirmed by a paramedic at 12.23pm.

Ersoy appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday where he confirmed his identity for the court.

He was remanded in custody and will face trial in January next year.

Police were called to reports of a woman who was seriously injured shortly after 11.45am on June 1.

When they arrived at the address on Wickham Road, officers found Dr Castelvedere with severe injuries and she later died at the scene.

The University of Suffolk described Dr Castelvedere in a statement as "a widely respected and well-liked member of staff at the university where she was an outstanding academic in English and critical writing".

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