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Psycho Tesco worker who slaughtered wife and daughter in jealous rage jailed for life

A “psycho” Tesco worker who slaughtered his wife and young daughter in a jealous rage has been jailed for life.

Marcin Zdun will serve a minimum of 34 years for the “evil” murders of his wife and teenage daughter in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Zdun, 40, murdered Aneta Zdun and daughter Nikoleta on June 1 because he was losing control over them, a jury heard.

His murder trial was told his suspicions of infidelity were entirely baseless.

Passing sentence on Friday, 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”.

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.”

Zdun was accused by the prosecution of having a “controlling nature” over his family, and flying into a jealous rage as it became clear they were slipping from his clutches.

His murder trial was told he was a “psycho” and a “violent, alcoholic bully” who killed his family as Aneta made plans to leave him.

His wife, a care worker, and daughter were found with brutal injuries at their family home, and pronounced dead at the scene.

The pair were killed on a special day in the Polish calendar, called Children’s Day.

Neighbours told of hearing women screaming in terror at their Salisbury family home, the trial was told.

They rushed to a wire fence adjoining the home and saw Zdun stabbing at the women as they tried to flee from him on a pathway.

The neighbours watched in horror as he slashed their throats.

Workmen chased and detained Zdun as paramedics tried in vain to save the women.

He was later found with a knife as well as £940, Polish currency and his passport, his trial was told.

When he was arrested at the scene, police found a folding lock knife in his trouser pocket with bloodstains on the blade and handle, his trial heard.

The prosecution told his murder trial he did not deny the killings, but claimed to have no recollection of the incident.

Zdun had become increasingly angry at his wife and daughter as they failed to follow him as the family leader at their home, the prosecution said.

Nicholas Haggan QC, prosecuting, said there was evidence that the murders “involved a substantial degree of premeditation and planning”, although the judge ruled that this could not be proven.

Giving evidence to the court, Zdun denied “bullying” his wife but admitted that he put a lock on their bedroom door after she moved to sleep into another room so that she would not come in to “nag” him.

Mrs Zdun’s mother, Bozena Stanczyk, said in a statement read to the court: “June 1 was the day evil won, which caused the cruel death of the person closest to my heart.

“I will never again get to talk to my wonderful, clever, smiling, warm and good daughter.”

She continued: “Nikoleta was the apple of my eye, I will never again see or hug my granddaughter.”

Mrs Zdun’s father, Andrzej Stanczyk, said of his daughter in a statement: “She was clever, tough and capable, blood of my blood, she was my reflection, I was so proud of her.”

He continued of his granddaughter: “Nikoleta, to me, was an exceptional person, she had her whole life ahead of her.”

Following the sentencing, Det Supt Darren Hannant said: “Marcin Zdun carried out this awful, vicious, premeditated attack on his wife and daughter in broad daylight in front of witnesses and his two younger daughters.

“I was never in no doubt that this was a deliberate killing of both women and that he was focused on this attack before he arrived at the family home that day.

“Zdun refused to speak about what happed when questioned and at no stage since his arrest shown any remorse for these horrible crimes.

“This is a very unusual and extreme case of domestic abuse for which there were few warning signs. Aneta and Nikoleta were very close and had discussed their concerns about Zdun with each other but there was little knowledge of the abusive relationship outside of the family.

“I’d like to thank the members of the public who immediately came to the help of the two victims and the family during that day, and to the witnesses who helped stop Zdun from leaving the scene.

Also, I wish to thank the community for its support of our officers while we carried out our investigation.