A controlling husband has been jailed for life for the ‘evil’ murders of his wife and teenage daughter.
Marcin Zdun, 40, repeatedly stabbed and slit the throats of 40-year-old Aneta and 18-year-old Nikoleta at the family home in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on June 1.
The ‘violent, alcoholic bully’ became convinced the pair were having an affair with one of his Tesco colleagues. He also grew increasingly violent towards his wife because she did not clean the house or prepare family meals the way he liked.
Jurors at Winchester Crown Court heard his family was ‘terrified’ of him in the days leading up to the fatal attack, with his wife messaging her mother stating: ‘I don’t want him to kill us, he’s a psycho.’
Zdun was convicted of the brutal murders on Thursday.
The judge, Mr Justice Chamberlain, jailed him for life on Friday, ordering he serve a minimum term of 34 years behind bars.
He said Zdun had shouted the Polish word for ‘whore’ as he stabbed the two women and slit their throats in the ‘sustained and brutal attack’.
Describing the incident as a ‘scene of unimaginable horror’, he said the couple’s other children had been screaming loudly as they saw the attack, ‘pleading’ with him to stop, before Nikoleta managed to get them both to safety with a neighbour.
One of the children was heard to shout: ‘Daddy, I don’t want Mummy to die.’
The judge told Zdun: ‘Your method could not have been calculated to be more cruel to them.
‘It’s hardly surprising they have found it difficult to come to terms with the loss of their mother and sister.
‘They have understandably suffered nightmares. Because of what you did, they have also lost their father.’
He added: ‘The main reason for your anger was your possessiveness and your feeling your control over your family was slipping away from you.
‘These feelings intensified after Aneta threw you out of the family home in April this year. You were jealous they were happy and you were not.’
Giving evidence to the court, Zdun denied ‘bullying’ his wife but admitted that he put a lock on their bedroom door after his wife moved to sleep in another room so that she would not come in to ‘nag’ him.
He also admitted that his wife had asked him to leave the family home after he had attacked the care worker in the kitchen.
Jurors heard he bragged about the attack in a text message, saying: ‘I f****** wiped her around on the floor.’
It was after he moved out that Zdun armed himself with the knife and went to the family home to kill his wife and daughter.
Nicholas Haggan QC, prosecuting, said: ‘Those jealous suspicions, coupled with the breakdown of the marriage, the defendant’s eviction from the family home, and the fact that his wife wanted a divorce, we suggest therefore the loss of his controlling influence over Aneta and Nikoleta so angered this defendant that he decided to kill them.’
Mrs Zdun’s employer Wessex Care paid tribute to her as a ‘beloved colleague and friend’.
The company said Mrs Zdun was a ‘well-loved and well-known’ member of staff who worked in the community team.
A spokeswoman said: ‘Those of you who knew Aneta personally and professionally will know what a warm, kind and caring individual she was.’
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