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Tewkesbury stabbings: Neighbour ‘lit triumphant cigarette’ after killing father-of-three in Gloucestershire, court told

A man sat on top of his neighbour and lit a “triumphant” cigarette after stabbing him to death on his front lawn near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, a court has been told.

Can Arslan, 52 has been accused of attacking father-of-three Matthew Boorman in Snowdonia Road, Walton Cardiff, on 5 October 2021.

Arslan had subjected Mr Boorman and other residents of the new build development to years of threats and had been charged with harassment a week before the killing.

At a murder trial at Bristol Crown Court, the jury heard how he accused the 43-year-old and other neighbours of trying to get him evicted.

Mr Boorman, who worked at GE Aviation, had returned from work when Arslan stabbed him, according to wife Sarah who witnessed the alleged attack.

She tried to pull Arslan off her husband and courts heard how she suffered a deep wound on her thigh as a result.

Arslan treated Matthew Boorman ‘like a piece of meat’

In a previous police interview, Mrs Boorman said she had unlocked the front door for her husband at around 5pm on 5 October and had seen Arslan crossing in front of her kitchen window.

She initially thought Arslan was throwing punches but then realised he had a knife and mimed the weapon being brought down over and over again into her husband’s face and neck.

“He continued to just stab Matthew like he was an animal,” she said.

Mrs Boorman said she screamed at neighbours for help and Arslan swiped at her with the knife.

“I wish I had hit (Arslan) with something or thrown something or done something to distract him so Matthew had a chance to run,” she said.

“Arslan treated Matthew like he was a piece of meat; he sat on top of him and he lit a cigarette as if he was triumphant.

“Then he threw the cigarette on the floor and got up casually and walked around to the front garden as Matthew lay dying on the floor.”

She added that the defendant was “calm” and “knew exactly what he was doing”, and “had waited of Matthew, he had done what he had done to Matthew, and he was pleased with what he had done to Matthew”.

She added that her oldest child had seen his father’s bloodied body from the window and “can’t get it out of his head”.

Residents tried to contain Arslan

After killing Mr Boorman, Arslan his way into another resident’s home and stabbed him eight times, the jury heard.

Peter Marsden managed to wrestle him out of the property and the attacker walked towards Mr Boorman’s home, where those administering CPR carried him away in case Arslan targeted him again.

Residents had armed themselves with golf clubs, bats and planks of wood and managed to contain Arslan until police arrived.

“He was threatening everyone and enjoying it, he loved the attention of it – he was saying he was going to murder us,” Mrs Boorman said.

According to another neighbour, Arslan’s wife Louise was “verbally aggressive” to officers and threw a glass of water at them.

Mrs Boorman said the family had not used their back garden for over a year due to continuous threats from Arslan, who would yell at them that he knew where she and her husband worked and film the windows of their children’s bedrooms.

Arslan made counter-allegations, accusing the Boormans of racially abusing him.

The day before the attack, the police had phoned Arslan about the complaint and he informed the officer that he would sort his neighbour out himself, adding he would “murder him”, the jury heard.

Arslan has admitted the attempted murder of Mr Marsden, causing grievous bodily harm to Mrs Boorman, and a charge of affray, but claims he was in the grip of a psychiatric disorder.

Prosecutor Kate Brunner QC said: “The prosecution say this was a premeditated killing carried out in retribution and anger and this defendant is guilty of murder.”

The trial, which is due to last a week and a half, continues.

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