A NEIGHBOUR has told how he rescued two children after a dad allegedly slit his wife and teenage daughter’s throats in the family bathroom.
It is alleged Marcin Zdun, 39, fled the family home, as the victims – named locally as Aneta Zdun and her daughter Nikoleta – died in a pool of blood.
Hero neighbours Nicholas and Jan Maher told Sun Online how they managed to rescue the family’s two youngest daughters from the carnage on a housing estate in Salisbury, Wilts.
Mr Maher, 59, revealed how the couple were sitting in their garden when they started to hear screaming coming from across the road.
He said: “There was a bit of noise, some shouting, but we just assumed it was kids playing.
"Ten minutes later we could hear loud screaming so we jumped up and ran out into the street to see what was happening.
“Another neighbour was on the pavement shouting ‘someone please call the police. Someone’s been stabbed.’.”
At this point Mr Maher, a professional caterer, ran to the back of the house and entered the property through a garden door.
He saw the youngest children of the family, two girls aged seven and five, in the hallway, grabbed them by their hands and bundled them into the arms of his wife.
As she grabbed the two girls, a man ran past her from the house and headed off on foot down the street.
Mrs Maher, 62, said: “The kids were screaming. They were terrified. I just held tightly to the hands and drag them over the road to the safety of our home and did my best to comfort them. They were in bits.”
She said one of the children was saying that the attacker had cut their mum’s throat after bundling them into a bathroom.
Mrs Maher added “thank God” the children were spared seeing their mum and sister being killed in the shocking incident at 3pm on Monday.
She said: “It is unimaginable to know what those two poor young girls went through in there but we certainly got a flavour of it and I feel so so sorry for them.
“Nicholas and I did our best to comfort them until about 10 pm when the police and social services took them away. We put children’s cartoons on the TV for them and ordered Domino’s pizzas.”
The suspect was chased down the street by two local men and dragged to the ground and held until police arrived on the scene and arrested him.
Police discovered the body of the teen and her mum seriously injured, but despite desperate efforts by paramedics, she died shortly afterwards.
One neighbour said: "I heard terrified screams from inside the property and a man rushed out.
"He ran off and was chased by neighbours and punched in the face before some neighbours pinned him to the ground and waited for police to arrest him."
Another neighbour, Mark Riordan, said his mum, Maria, 70, was "traumatised" after hearing screams from the property.
Mr Riordan, who was at work at the time, said: "My mother is in shock at the moment. She is traumatised by this.
“She heard the screams but couldn’t do anything.
“It was unfortunately quite usual for there to be loud quarrelling at their house. It was usually the children shouting at their parents day and night.
“But what happened yesterday was something else."
Police today confirmed the ages of the victims as 18 and 40.
Wiltshire Police also revealed the suspect who has been arrested on suspicion of double murder is 39-years-old.
A force spokesman said: “Yesterday afternoon, an 18-year-old and 40-year-old woman died following a disturbance at an address on Wessex Road.
“A 39-year-old local man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of two counts of murder; he currently remains in custody at Melksham Police Station."
The force said it is “meticulously” combing through evidence.
Earlier, DCI Darren Hannant, of Wiltshire Police, said there is "no risk posed to the wider community".
He said: "Naturally people will be alarmed due to the large police presence in the area as we car
"I would like to reiterate that we have made an arrest and there is no risk posed to the wider community."
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