A suicide note left by a man who strangled his wife claimed he acted in self-defence following a “frenzied zombie attack”.
The bodies of Jesus Matos Sanchez, 31, and his wife Lorraine, 27, were discovered by a family friend at their home in Glenfield in November.
The couple were well known devout church goers. Mrs Matos Sanchez was found lying face down on a bed while her husband was found hanging from the attic.
A letter left by Mr Matos Sanchez was read at the inquests into their deaths. Relatives of both attended to hear what had led to their deaths.
The hearing was told Mr Matos Sanchez had depression and feared his marriage was falling apart.
In the letter he wrote, after killing his wife, he described lying to her employers that she would not be coming into work due to illness.
He wrote: “I can’t live with myself. I have called her workplace and lied she is not coming in and I have to go now.”
“She tried to kill me first in a frenzied, zombie attack and I acted in self-defence.”
Despite the discovery of minor wounds on the couple, the court heard it was unclear whether there had been a fight.
Senior coroner Catherine Mason said: “Just because there was no evidence of a frenzied attack doesn’t mean there wasn’t one.”
She recorded a narrative verdict for Mrs Matos Sanchez, saying: “She died as a result of the actions of a third party. It was not possible to say with certainty why those actions were taken.”
A conclusion of suicide was recorded for Jesus Matos Sanchez.