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Man strangled ‘witch wife’ in ‘self defence’ after ‘frenzied zombie attack’

A HUSBAND killed his witchcraft-believing wife after she lunged at him in a “frenzied zombie” attack, he claimed in a note before taking his own life.

Jesus Matos Sanchez, 31, took his own life after strangling his wife Lorraine, 27, at their home in Leicester, an inquest heard.

Leicester Coroner’s Court heard how the bodies of the young couple were discovered by a concerned friend who had not seen the pair.


Mr Sanchez, who was from the Dominican Republic, left a handwritten suicide note which read: “I’ve got to go now.

“She tried to kill me first in a frenzied zombie attack and I have acted in self defence.

“I can’t live with myself. I have called her workplace and lied that she’s not coming in. I’ve got to go now.”

Mrs Matos Sanchez donned a balaclava and stabbed her mum five times at the same house nine years earlier.

The then 18-year-old claimed she had been over taken by the spirit of her dead gran, leading her to attack her mother at the home in Tetlow Road, Glenfield.

She was handed a suspended sentence after a judge accepted her strong beliefs in witchcraft made her think she had been taken over by spirits.

“She tried to kill me first in a frenzied zombie attack and I have acted in self defence”

Jesus Matos Sanchez

Mr Sanchez also claimed his wife was having an affair and blamed an unnamed man for “destroying” their marriage.

DC Natasha Batstone, who led the Leicestershire Police investigation, said there was no evidence to support the alleged infidelity.

An officer told the hearing: “That person has been spoken to and that person has been ruled out.

“He has given a signed statement where he denies any affair with Lorraine. There’s no other evidence at the scene to suggest others.

“The only other thing we could have done is look at her phone which we have not been able to do.”

Pathologist Michael Biggs said he found no clear evidence to support claims of a “frenzied attack” but that did not mean one did not take place.

DC Batstone said: “It was highlighted from some witnesses that there had been difficulties in the marriage and they had been sleeping apart.

“Mrs Matos Sanchez was concerned about financial problems but nothing more.

“She had voiced some concerns about her husband with regard to his mental state.”

Coroner Catherine Mason concluded there was not enough evidence to support unlawful killing or lawful self-defence.

She resorded a narative verdict for Mrs Sanchez.

Ms Mason said: “She has died as a result of the actions of a third party.

“It is not possible to say with certainty or with probability why the actions were taken or what led to them.

“The police aren’t able to say to me exactly why he took this action, except that he did so by his own hand.”

A conclusion of suicide was recorded for Mr Sanchez.

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