A father ‘slit his wife and his teenage daughter’s throats’ before neighbours tackled him to the ground as he tried to flee the scene.
The body of an 18-year-old was found at the property in Salisbury and another woman was found seriously injured but died shortly afterwards, after residents reported hearing screams coming from the property yesterday afternoon.
Neighbours say the man, named locally as Tesco night filler Marcin Zdun, attacked his wife and daughter before fleeing.
The teenager has been named by residents as Nikoleta Zdun while the wife has been named as carer Aneta Zdun.
Horrified witnesses claim two little girls fled the house, allegedly telling a neighbour, ‘Mummy isn’t very well because Daddy is stabbing her in the throat’.
Neighbours today described how brave locals chased down the suspect and tackled him after the double murder unfolded on their ‘quiet’ street in the historic cathedral town.
It was claimed Zdun – who was chased and heroically ‘flattened’ by two ‘big’ builders – had not been living at home for a couple of months but returned last week.
Wiltshire Police say a man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Amanda Barlow, a mother-of-three who lives close to the scene said she heard ‘horrific child-like screaming’.
Ms Barlow, 40, said: ‘I heard it was a man who has killed his wife and another younger woman.
Neighbours say the man, named locally as Tesco night filler Marcin Zdun, attacked his wife and daughter before fleeing
Officers attended the scene on Wessex Road and found the body of one woman, with another woman found seriously injured. Pictured, the scene today
‘A neighbour who lives across the road took the children into his house to look after them because they apparently saw what had happened. The other two children are much younger. It’s all such a shock.’
Wiltshire Police declined to comment on those claims.
The attack is thought to have been launched inside the house, as Zdun’s child said ‘daddy asked them to go into the bathroom’, according to neighbours.
One neighbour, who works at the nearby Tesco superstore, said when she was interviewed by police there ‘seemed to be a suggestion’ Zdun had split with his wife.
The Polish Zdun family are understood to have been living in Salisbury for around four years, and are believed to be originally from Tarnow, Poland.
Neighbours Nick and Jan Maher rushed and took the little girls into their home to keep them safe.
Mr Maher, 59, who owns his own catering company, said: ‘There was some noise and I thought it was kids playing… but it got louder, dramatically louder.
‘One of our neighbours was over the road with another guy and they pulled two kids out, which were the young daughters.
‘I thought they were having a fight at first but someone shouted ‘they’ve been stabbed, call the police’ so I went out and my wife and I grabbed the two children to put them in our house and keep them safe.
‘One of our neighbours came up the hill very out of breath and said ‘we’ve caught him, just down the road’. He’d actually come out the front door while we were going in the back foot and went past us.’
Neighbours today described how brave locals chased down the suspect and tackled him after the double murder unfolded on their ‘quiet’ street in the historic cathedral town. Pictured, police at the scene today
Neighbour Gary Smith, a retired Army veteran, said he saw some horrific things in combat but ‘never anything like that’.
The 67 year old, who rushed to help with towels, said: ‘In the lead up to it I had seen the two little girls playing in the front garden but then a little later heard screams.
‘I thought it was the girls again but they got louder and louder.
‘I went round there and in the front garden I could see a woman with her throat cut. It was horrible, I don’t understand how someone could do that.
‘I was in the services so I’ve seen my fair share, but I never saw anything like that.
‘From what I could tell it was the mother that I saw. The other woman, I could only see her leg. I wouldn’t like to say for sure but I think she had probably gone by this point.
‘The mother was the last to go, she was kicking and screaming, she was screaming ‘where’s my children?! Where’s my children?!’
‘There was a few of us helping with towels.’
He added: ‘For quite a while we thought the dad had gone back to Poland, we hadn’t seen him since before lockdown, but then he came back last week.
‘The girls were little darlings, they were lovely. The family were all nice to talk to, very friendly and always said hello. Not ones to have a full conversation, but polite.’
Officers were called to the property on Wessex Road at 2.45pm and found the body of one woman, with another woman found seriously injured.
The second woman was treated by paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service but died shortly afterwards.
The arrested man has been taken into custody at Melksham Police Station.
Locals said two young children fled to safety after yesterday afternoon’s attacks and were then looked after by another neighbour.
Ms Barlow added: ‘There is a huge police presence down here still.
‘We heard screaming at around half past two and we actually thought at the time that it was a child being murdered. That’s how horrific the screams were.
‘When we saw the ambulance arrive and not leave for such a long time, we knew it must be something like murder.
‘It was a relief to hear it wasn’t children, but still for two women to wake up in the morning and have their lives ended is just appalling.’
Locals said two young children fled to safety after yesterday afternoon’s attacks and were then looked after by another neighbour
Detective Chief Inspector Darren Hannant, from Wiltshire Police, said: ‘Naturally people will be alarmed due to the large police presence in the area as we carry out our inquiries.
‘I would like to reiterate that we have made an arrest and there is no risk posed to the wider community.
‘The local community are likely to see a significant police presence in this area for a number of days.
‘Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the two victims.
‘We would like to thank the local community in advance for their understanding and patience while we carry out our inquiries.’