Man is jailed for 34 years for 'evil' murder of his wife and daughter

‘Psycho’ father, 40, is jailed for 34 years for ‘evil’ murder of his wife and daughter, 18, in jealous rage after he wrongly thought they were both sleeping with his Tesco colleague

  • BREAKING: Marcin Zdun is jailed for life at Winchester Crown Court for murder
  • Cold-blooded Zdun admitted brutal killings of wife Aneta and daughter Nikoleta
  • But he claimed he has no recollection of the incidents at Salisbury house in June 
  • Jury yesterday found him guilty of their murder after three hour deliberation

Marcin Zdun has been jailed for life after he was found guilty of murdering his 18-year-old daughter Nikoleta and wife Aneta, 40, ‘in the most brutal fashion’

A ‘psycho’ supermarket worker has been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 34 years, for the ‘evil’ murders of his wife and teenage daughter in a jealous rage in front of the couple’s other two young children. 

Cold-blooded Marcin Zdun will have to serve a minimum of 34 years, for the ‘evil’ murders of his wife and teenage daughter, Winchester Crown Court was told. 

The 40-year-old ‘butchered’ Aneta and Nikoleta Zdun in a jealous rage by slitting their throats and stabbing them ‘in the most brutal fashion’ at their home in Salisbury, Wiltshire. 

Zdun had been kicked out of the family home after he grew to hate how close Aneta, also 40, and 18-year-old Nikoleta were and believed they ‘pushed him out of the marriage’.  

Passing sentence, judge Mr Justice Chamberlain said the defendant 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.’

Aneta Zdun, left, and her teenage daughter Nikoleta, right, were found with their throats cut at their home in Salisbury 

Zdun, a 40-year-old Polish national, believed both his wife and daughter were having an affair with a man at the Tesco supermarket where he worked, his trial heard.

Yesterday a jury found Zdun guilty of murder after a three hour deliberation. 

The two-week-long trial heard that on June 1 – a special day called ‘Children’s Day’ in the Polish calendar – Zdun walked from his lodging to the family home under the pretence of delivering presents.

But the Tesco night filler picked up an Edel Hoff kitchen knife and cut the pair’s throats within minutes of arriving there, leaving blood stains ‘everywhere’.

In graphic detail, horrified neighbours told how Zdun repeatedly plunged the blade into the defenceless pair in their garden, with Aneta desperately trying to save Nikoleta by blocking off Zdun.

Painter and decorator David Powell rushed to the scene when he heard screams from Zdun’s young children, who were inside when it unfolded. 

Mr Powell told the court: ‘There was no humanity in his face whatsoever, just anger – pure anger. I don’t know how you can do that to another human being.

‘His sole purpose was to kill them… he just went mental.’

Nicholas Haggan, prosecuting, said the injuries were ‘catastrophic’ and unsurvivable.

One of Zdun’s younger children, who cannot be named, told the court: ‘My sister is injured, daddy had a big knife and he kept poking her with it.

‘… Because of the accident, but it wasn’t really an accident, he did it on purpose. There was so much blood in the bathroom.

Today, Zdun has been jailed for life at Winchester Crown Court. He will have to serve a minimum of 34 years

A police officer is pictured laying down flowers at the house on Wessex Road in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where the two women died 

Forensic officers at a house on Wessex Road in Salisbury where the two women died in June

‘My dad called my sister and my mum into the bathroom and then started poking their necks… Dad pushed them into a bathtub and they were bleeding.

‘Daddy kept poking mummy with a big, very sharp knife. He done it lots of times to mummy and to Nikoleta. There was a lot of blood in the bath and on the boxes outside.

‘I opened the bathroom door and dad put the knife to me, I thought he was going to poke me with it but he didn’t.’

Zdun accepted he killed the pair but denied murdering them, arguing he couldn’t remember the attack and was mentally incapacitated.

The court heard how his family had become ‘terrified’ of him in the days leading up to the fatal attack, with his wife sending a message to her mother stating: ‘I don’t want him to kill us, he’s a psycho.’

Zdun had previously fallen out with his 18-year-old daughter after she disobeyed him on getting piercings and tattoos having turned to her mother for permission instead.

Nikoleta, pictured left and right, was a college student who was passionate about fashion and make up and dreamed of one day working abroad. Her friends described her as ‘very pretty’ and said ‘she had a massive heart’

College student Nikoleta was ‘terrified’ of her father, while carer Aneta told her mother she secretly feared Zdun would kill them after he strangled her. Pictured: The scene in June

He was also furious with Mrs Zdun for failing to clean their house or make proper meals for the family as well as for not making loan repayments for her car.

Out of revenge for this, he would confiscate her keys and even disconnect the battery so the care worker could not drive it, even to visit her clients.  

Zdun became increasingly violent towards his wife, especially when drunk, and had even posted an apology on Facebook for his ‘alcoholism’, the prosecution said.

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.

Pictured: Teenager Nikoleta Zdun

He also admitted that his wife had asked him to leave the family home after he had attacked her in the kitchen which he described in a text message: ‘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.

Zdun told jurors he thought Aneta and Nikoleta were both sleeping with Tesco worker Martin Punter, who had never met them.

Mr Haggan QC said: ‘There was no affair. It was a manifestation of the defendant’s jealous suspicions.

‘We suggest that those jealous suspicions, coupled with the breakdown of the marriage, his eviction from the family home and the fact that his wife wanted a divorce – and, therefore, the loss of his controlling influence over Aneta and Nikoleta – so angered the Defendant that at some point, either before or when he was at the house that afternoon, he decided to kill them.’

Zdun, who was heroically tackled to the ground by workmen after fleeing, will be sentenced tomorrow at Winchester Crown Court.

Nikoleta’s friends described how she ‘looked like a model’ because she was ‘very pretty’ and said ‘she had a massive heart’.

Mrs Zdun was a physiotherapist as well as a carer at a home care service in Salisbury and treated vulnerable people. Her employer Wessex Care paid tribute to her as a ‘beloved colleague and friend’.

The company added Mrs Zdun was a ‘well-loved and well-known’ member of staff who worked in the community team.

‘Those of you who knew Aneta personally and professionally will know what a warm, kind and caring individual she was,’ a spokeswoman said.  

Zdun married his wife 20 years ago and in the short time he spent living separately to his family Aneta said she ‘finally felt happy’.  

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