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Father given life imprisonment for murdering wife and daughter

|News, Violent crime

A father of three has been found guilty of murdering his eldest child and estranged wife after he cut the victims' throats in a jealous rage. 

On Friday 18 December, Zdun, 40, was sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 34 years.

His behaviour towards his wife and family had deteriorated over time. He demonstrated controlling behaviour such as taking the keys to the family car so that the children couldn’t be taken to school, complained about his wife’s use of the family finances, and falsely accused his wife of having an affair.

Zdun’s jealous suspicions, potential divorce and the loss of his controlling influence over his family, angered him so much that he decided to kill them.

On 1 June 2020, Zdun walked 2.6 miles to the family home and shortly after his arrival, witnesses heard children screaming and saw him attack his eldest child, Nikoleta (aged 18) and wife, Aneta Zdun (aged 40) in their garden, using a knife to cut their throats and inflict chest wounds.

Immediately after the killings, Zdun entered the house, collected his rucksack and left. Workmen took Zdun’s youngest children to safety, while others pursued Zdun and detained him until the police arrived and arrested him.

Kate Anderson of the CPS, said: “This was a horrifically violent case with incredible acts of bravery from the public. Zdun’s defence was that he had no recollection of the killings and was suffering from a delusional disorder, however the overwhelming evidence from the witnesses, body worn footage, and the prosecution’s expert psychiatric assessment which rejected a diagnosis of a delusional disorder, proved that Zdun’s actions were the result of longstanding possessiveness and jealousy.

"Our thoughts remain with Aneta and Nikoleta’s family, and the witnesses who saw this brutal murder.”

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, please contact Refuge on 0808 2000 247, or contact them online. If you are in immediate danger, always contact 999.

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