Tottenham builder stabbed wife to death before slitting own throat
18:27 31 August 2012
A Tottenham builder stabbed his wife to death before slitting his own throat in their family home following a “history of tensions”, an inquest has heard.
The bodies of Kenneth Asante, 48, and his wife Naomi, 46, were discovered along with an axe, a knife and bottle of sulphuric acid by police who smashed down the door to their house in Loxwood Road, after being called to the address at around 9.30pm on May 21.
Last Thursday, during an inquest into the couple’s deaths at Barnet Coroners’ Court, coroner Andrew Walker ruled that Mrs Asante, a psychology student, was unlawfully killed by her husband who then committed suicide.
The couple, who were both born in Ghana, are survived by their 15-year-old daughter Latoya and son Roland, 20, who identified his parents’ bodies.
The siblings, former pupils at St Thomas More School, in Glendale Avenue, Wood Green, are now living with a family friend in Tottenham.
A post-mortem examination carried out following the deaths concluded that Mrs Asante died from “multiple incised cuts to the chest”, which last week’s inquest heard were “consistent with the knife and axe found at the scene”.
Police also discovered cuts to Mrs Asante’s hands which were deemed “preventative” wounds inflicted as she tried to shield herself from her husband’s attack.
Toxicology tests showed Mr Asante had consumed over three times the drink drive limit of alcohol before his death.
Recording a verdict of unlawful killing in relation to Mrs Asante’s death, Mr Walker said: “It seems to me that I can be satisfied that I am sure that Naomi Asante was unlawfully killed.”
Concluding that Mr Asante committed suicide, he added: “Mr Asante voluntarily did an act which brought about the end of his life while he was conscious of what he was doing.”
The mother-of-two, found lying on the floor beside Mr Asante who was slumped on a sofa next to a hatchet axe, also bore burns believed to have been caused by contact with instant drain cleaner found nearby.
Mr Asante suffered similar burns and was deemed to have died as a result of an “incised wound to the neck” which was “caused by something sharp such as the knife found at the scene”.
Det Insp Leon James, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, told the inquest there were “tensions between Kenneth and Naomi” which lead to “her death at the hands of Kenneth Asante”.
He added: “I believe it was some sort of trigger on the day and an argument that escalated. It wasn’t something which was pre-planned.”