Marcin Zdun has been found guilty of murdering his 18-year-old daughter Nikoleta and wife Aneta, 40, ‘in the most brutal fashion’
A ‘psycho’ father has been convicted of murdering his wife and daughter after he wrongly suspected they were both sleeping with his Tesco colleague.
Cold-blooded Marcin Zdun ‘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, 40, 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’.
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.
Today, after deliberating for just over three hours, a jury found Zdun guilty of murder. The killer remained emotionless as he stood in the dock while a translator delivered the verdict to him.
He will be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court tomorrow.
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.
Aneta Zdun, left, and her teenage daughter Nikoleta, right, were found with their throats cut at their home in Salisbury
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, after deliberating for just over three hours, a jury found Zdun guilty of murder. The killer remained emotionless as he stood in the dock while a translator delivered the verdict to him
A police officer lays down flowers at a house on Wessex Road in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where two women died following a disturbance
Forensic officers at a house on Wessex Road in Salisbury where 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’.