Published:  04:30 PM, 17 July 2017

Husband listens to wife being stabbed to death

Husband listens to wife being stabbed to death Daniel Cross with his wife Nikki
The husband of a mum-of-two who was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack has spoken of the moment he heard her plead for her life over the phone.

Daniel Cross was 200 miles away on a business trip when wife Nikki, 37, phoned him in a panic.

Marcin Porczynski was trying the break in to their family home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, where she was alone with their two young children

What followed was like something out of a horror movie as Mr Cross, 40, was forced to listen to Nikki pleading for her life before being subjected to the brutal attack.

He told The Sun on Sunday: “I was trying to talk to Nikki while using the hotel phone at the same time to call the police.

"Nikki was crying and trying to calm the man down. I heard her say, ‘Let me help you — you don’t have to do this.’

“After that I heard her screaming and pleading for her life. And then it went silent."
He would later listen to his five-year-old son wailing beside her body and begging her to wake up.

Porczynski, a paranoid schizophrenic who admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was detained indefinitely last year, then tried to kidnap the couple's two children.

A court heard the 25-year-old Polish national had smashed his way in to the Cross' home in September 2015 after voices told him a child was being starved inside.

He had previously been roaming the neighbourhood knocking on doors and asking if there were children there and had also been hanging around the Cross' house, hitting the family's car and pushing his face against the window.

This prompted Nikki to phone the police and message her husband but even though Porczynski was arrested officers had to let him go.

In a victim impact statement Mr Cross said he saw "no future happiness, no end to this trauma until my life comes to an end", adding "I will never forgive myself for not being there to protect her."
Police arrived at the house to find the children at the foot of the stairs, where one told them: "He has hurt mummy badly."

Porczynski was still in the property and appeared "vacant."

Mr Cross, who has struggled to come to terms with Nikki's death, said: "The first few months were the hardest. I reached rock bottom around six months later when I returned to our old home.

“I lay on the couch wailing, ­talking to Nikki and pouring out my emotions to her. I never wanted to commit suicide but I did want to go to sleep and wake up many years later when all the pain was gone away.

Police arrived at the house to find the children at the foot of the stairs, where one told them: "He has hurt mummy badly."

Porczynski was still in the property and appeared "vacant."

Mr Cross, who has struggled to come to terms with Nikki's death, said: "The first few months were the hardest. I reached rock bottom around six months later when I returned to our old home.

“I lay on the couch wailing, ­talking to Nikki and pouring out my emotions to her. I never wanted to commit suicide but I did want to go to sleep and wake up many years later when all the pain was gone away.


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