Jail for killer who strangled model in Sheffield

She is Ildiko Dohany, aged 34 years, of Kenninghall View, in the city.
She is Ildiko Dohany, aged 34 years, of Kenninghall View, in the city.

AN OBSESSIVE cyber-stalker who strangled a part-time glamour model to death has been locked up for six years.

Martin Vernarsky, aged 25, killed 34-year-old Ildiko Dohany outside his home on Claywood Road, Norfolk Park, when he became frustrated about her seeing other men.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the Czech national lavished thousands of pounds on Ildiko, helping her to buy an Audi and even purchasing a ring.

But Ildiko, from Hungary, turned down Vernarsky’s offer of marriage, instead continuing a relationship with a man she met on the internet.

The jury of six men and six women acquitted Vernarsky of murder, but found him guilty of manslaughter by unanimous verdict.

The judge, Mr Justice Cranston, said the killing last September involved ‘an element of obsession’.

“He repeatedly accessed the emails Ildiko exchanged with other men in the few days before her death,” he said.

Ildiko was due to travel to Hungary for her sister’s wedding the day after her death, the judge added.

“We do not know what happened exactly on the eve of her travelling, but he strangled her.

“He was much stronger than she and he did this in the street outside the place he stayed.”

Mr Justice Cranston said Ildiko saw Vernarsky as a close friend, but did not intend to take the relationship further.

He also told the court Vernarsky’s violent actions were ‘out of character’, saying: “He will have to live with this for the rest of his life.”

Following his arrest, Vernarsky ‘concocted an impossible story’ which ‘gradually unravelled’, the judge said.

The killer claimed he found Ildiko slumped in her car on Claywood Road and tried in vain to revive her.

But Nicholas Clarke QC, prosecuting, said Ildiko was ‘vulnerable to his intentions’.

Vernarsky will serve half of his sentence - minus 203 days spent on remand in custody - before being released on licence.