This is the moment a drunk killer goads a police officer and tells her ‘you need me to figure out what happened’ as she investigates his victim’s death.
Marek Hecko, 26, was today jailed for life for murdering ‘beloved dad’ Adrian Ellingford, 44, at a property in Chelmsford, Essex, last summer.
In bodycam footage released by police, a visibly-intoxicated Hecko is seen stumbling towards an officer, who is guarding the crime scene, while drinking a large bottle of brandy.
Slurring, he tells her: ‘I know what happened, I know the people involved. I know what happened, and you need me to figure out what happened. If you don’t have me, you don’t know what happened.’
He then says: ‘You’re going to think about me but it’s not going to be me, because there’s no proof’, before adding: ‘This city is mine. This city is mother f***ing mine.’
Drunk killer: Marek Hecko, 26, was today jailed for life for murdering ‘beloved dad’ Adrian Ellingford, 44, at a property in Chelmsford, Essex, last summer. He is pictured on police body cam talking to an officer at the scene of the crime the morning after
Adrian Ellingford, 44, was brutally murdered while sleeping with his partner. His killer, Hecko, stabbed him in the back with such force it broke the weapon’s handle with the blade slicing into bone
The footage showed Hecko, of Rookes Crescent, Chelmsford, returning to the scene in Nelson Grove just hours after stabbing his victim to death on the morning of July 25.
The muscled thug is then pictured on body came being arrested as officers struggled to get the intoxicated killer into a police van.
Hecko was today jailed for 26 years after being convicted of the murder of father-of-two Mr Ellingford.
‘Jealous and obsessed’ killer Hecko had stabbed Mr Ellingford in the back twice in the early hours of July 25. The 44-year-old died later that morning from his injuries.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how Hecko sneaked into the property while Mr Ellingford slept with his partner. The killer snatched a knife from the kitchen and plunged it into his victim with such force, it broke the handle.
Hecko had been in a relationship with Mr Ellingford’s partner beforehand but she had broken it off. However, he remained obsessed with her, arriving at her workplace and home uninvited and sending her lengthy messages and videos.
Things came to a head that night when Hecko bought two bottles of wine and walked to the home, which was captured on CCTV.
He left one bottle at the scene having drunk the alcohol, and then also left the handle of the knife, with his DNA on it, in the hallway, as it had snapped off when he stabbed Mr Ellingford.
Body cam footage shows the muscled killer strolling up to an officer, who is guarding the crime scene, while drinking a large bottle of brandy
Slurring, he tells her: ‘I know what happened, I know the people involved. I know what happened, and you need me to figure out what happened. If you don’t have me, you don’t know what happened.’ He is pictured talking to the officer
The killing took place in Nelson Grove, Chelmsford, Essex. Despite efforts for the emergency services Mr Ellingford later died in the early hours of Monday, July 25. Officers are pictured at the scene of the killing
At the start of the trial prosecutor Cyrus Shroff, said Hecko had shown ‘stalking’ behaviours in the months leading to Adrian’s stabbing.
The thug would would send the woman long messages, videos of him talking and turning up to her workplace – as well as her home – uninvited.
His Honour Judge Morgan said Hecko was ‘jealous of her and suspicious of her’, adding ‘you stalked her and that is quite plain’.
Hecko trawled the internet to try and access the woman’s Facebook page to see if she was in a relationship, the trial heard.
In a lengthy victim statement to the court, Mr Ellingford’s wife, Laura, said her husband’s death had left her family devastated.
She added: ‘Having sat through the trial, Hecko refused to accept responsibility for all of his actions. I’ve been told that I’m brave, but I don’t see myself like that. I see myself as a wife and a mother.
Hecko was today jailed for 26 years after being convicted of the murder of father-of-two Mr Ellingford. He is pictured after being arrested by officers
Forensic teams are pictured at the scene of the killing in Nelson Grove, Chelmsford
‘I don’t think Marek Hecko appreciates the consequences of his actions. The ripples of his actions will affect all of us for a very long time to come.’
Wife of man brutally stabbed to death pays tribute to a ‘truly brilliant father’
Laura Ellingford paid tribute to her ‘amazing husband of 17 years’ after his killer was convicted of murder – and now jailed for life.
She said: ‘Words cannot describe how I feel about the events of 25th July 2022. He was brutally ripped from our lives in events that I still can’t really comprehend myself or begin to explain to our boys. The impact of his death has affected many people in very different ways. It is totally heartbreaking.
‘He was a good man, always willing to help friends and neighbours out if they were in a pickle. He was hard working and caring, and nothing was too much trouble. He even volunteered at the boys’ scout group on a regular basis.
‘In all of this it’s the impact on those two innocent boys that is the most heartbreaking thing. Yes we have all lost Adrian and are dealing our own grief and the consequences of his death but they did not deserve to have their beloved dad taken away from them like this.
‘Having to tell them both that their beloved dad was never coming home was the most painful and heartbreaking thing that I have ever had to do. They are 12 and 10 years old and not really old enough to truly appreciate what they’ve lost.
‘They will not have Adrian with them through the milestones in their lives. He will never be able to teach them to drive, buy them their first drink or to celebrate their academic achievements. He will never see them grow up into young men who will have partners and families of their own. No one will ever be able to replace their dad.
‘Adrian you will always be missed by us as your family and you will always hold a special place in our hearts. We miss you every day and love you forever.’
The court heard that Hecko and his ex-girlfriend had ended a relationship in April 2022 as she hated his drug taking. The court heard that Hecko ‘accepted the end of the relationship and were moving on with your life’.
But a number of long texts, videos and images of him at her place of work uninvited and several internet searches were said to have shown he was ‘finding it difficult to emotionally untangle yourself from her and that has resulted in the death of an entirely innocent man.’
Before passing sentence, Judge Morgan said: ‘It is clear that you were obsessive and jealous of her and what she (his ex-girlfriend) may be doing. That is why it explains on July 25 you attended Nelson Grove in the early hours armed with a knife.
‘On July 24 you attended work but there was evidence that in the morning you had been searching on the internet trying to find out more information about her.’
Judge Morgan added: ‘No-one but yourself will know the precise circumstances in which you stabbed Adrian Ellingford to death. No-one will know, unless you reveal it, if he was at the bottom of the stairs or upstairs or in the bedroom.
‘But what is known is that you stabbed him, that you did not stab him once, there were two deep penetrating stabs to his chest. Both of them with an extreme level of force.’
Such was the force of the attack that doctors found damage and cutting to a bone in Mr Ellingford’s chest. A jury took less than a day to deliver their guilty verdict.
Detective Chief Inspector Louise Metcalfe, who led the investigation, said ‘Adrian’s death was tragic and caused a huge shock to this small community. The team acted quickly to begin gathering evidence and taking statements from those in the area.
‘Whilst one of our officers was guarding the crime scene, she was approached by Hecko who was heavily intoxicated and indicated that he knew what had happened. Enquiries identified him as a main suspect and he was arrested on suspicion of murder.’
They added: ‘This trial has been long and extremely distressing for Adrian’s loved ones, who have had to sit and listen to details of his death. I hope that this court result today and this justice provides a form of closure to Adrian’s loved ones, who have had an incredibly difficult time since his death.
‘We have remained committed to finding out what happened, with our team reviewing hours of CCTV and body worn footage dedicating hundreds of hours to compiling the case we needed ahead of the trial.I would like to thank my team for the commitment they have shown to this investigation.’
Hecko, who was wearing a navy roller neck jumper and blue jeans in the dock, showed no clear sign of emotion as the sentence was passed. He looked down as he was led to cells whilst a member of the public gallery delivered an expletive-laden outburst towards him.
His sentence was life imprisonment with a minimum of 26 years, minus 230 days served on remand.