Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

City Banker 'Strangled Wife'; (1 Crime Scene: The Home in Enfield Where Katherine Ellerbeck Died. the Couple's Children Are Not Thought to Have Been in the House (2) Held: Neil Ellerbeck Was Remanded in Custody

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

City Banker 'Strangled Wife'; (1 Crime Scene: The Home in Enfield Where Katherine Ellerbeck Died. the Couple's Children Are Not Thought to Have Been in the House (2) Held: Neil Ellerbeck Was Remanded in Custody

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Byline: RASHID RAZAQ, BENEDICT MOORE- BRIDGER

A TOP City banker appeared in court today charged with murdering his wife, who was found strangled at their home.

Neil Ellerbeck, 45, a senior HSBC executive based at Canary Wharf, was arrested at the detached property in Enfield.

His wife, Katherine, 46, was pronounced dead at the house after paramedics and police were called to the cul-de-sac on Friday afternoon.

The couple's children, a 13-year-old son and daughter aged 10, are not thought to have been at the [pounds sterling]650,000 four-bedroom home at the time and are being cared for by Mrs Ellerbeck's sister who lives nearby. The family were too distressed to talk. The couple had been married for 14 years.

Neighbour Geraldine Silver, 59, a yoga teacher, said: "They were a very quiet couple. Kate was lovely. Really sweet and caring. She was a full-time mum.

Really devoted to her kids.

"I saw the ambulance and so went over to see if she needed anything. That's when I saw the police. It is dreadful. I was in a complete state of shock. There did not seem to be any problems." Mrs Silver said the "pretty" and "confident" mother was often seen taking the children to after-school activities and would always attend the annual street party, although her husband never did.

The family's next-door neighbour, Santosh Talwar, 60, said of Ellerbeck: "He was a stockbroker. He left home very early and came home quite late. He would take a train to the City." Mrs Talwar said: "They were a very nice couple. They have lived here for about nine years. They had two children.

The girl was born here but the boy was already two years old.

"The boy went to grammar school.

The dad coached him to get in. He came and told me 'My son got in'. He was so proud. He was a wonderful dad. Always taking the kids for outings and football always taking them out." A family friend said Mrs Ellerbeck had been caring for her sick father, Gordon, until his death this year. …

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