A DAD was stabbed to death by his neighbor, who was sitting on his corpse and lighting a “triumphant” cigarette after the gory murder, a court has heard.
Can Arslan, 52, violently attacked Mathew Boorman on his own front garden in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire last year.
Bristol Crown Court heard Arslan had accused the 43-year-old father of three and other neighbors of trying to evict him from the joint estate.
The jury was told he had subjected residents of the newly built property to threats and abuse for years and had been charged with molestation just a week before the murder.
Mr. Boorman, who worked for engineering firm GE Aviation, had just returned from work when Arslan stabbed him.
Horrified to witness the entire attack, his wife Sarah attempted to snatch Arslan from her husband – and was stabbed in the thigh in the brutal incident.
She told police she unlocked the door for her husband and then saw Arslan walking over outside her front window.
At first she thought Arslan had hit her husband, but then realized that he was holding a knife.
She said: “He kept stabbing Matthew like he was an animal.
“I wish I’d hit him or thrown something or done something to distract him so Matthew could have a chance to run.
“Arslan treated Matthew like a piece of meat; he sat on it and lit a cigarette as if triumphant.
“He then threw the cigarette on the ground and nonchalantly got up and walked around the front yard while Matthew lay dying on the ground.
“He was calm, he knew exactly what he was doing, he had waited for Matthew, he had done what he had done to Matthew and he was content with what he had done to Matthew.”
Ms Boorman said she yelled to neighbors for help before Arslan stabbed her, inflicting a deep wound on her thigh.
She added that her eldest child saw his father’s bloodied body from the window, adding, “He can’t get it out of his mind.”
After the fatal attack on Mr Boorman, Arslan reportedly entered Peter Marsden’s home and stabbed him eight times.
Mr. Marsden eventually managed to wrestle him off the property, and Arslan then headed back to the Boorman’s home.
Neighbors who administered CPR to the father had to take him away in case Arslan targeted him again.
He was assisted by Stephen Wilkinson, an off-duty police officer, who followed Arslan, brandishing a stick of wood and trying to force him to drop the knife.
The jury was shown footage of Arslan banging the knife on Mr Marsden’s patio window and shouting “come out, come out” before lighting a cigarette.
Local residents armed with golf clubs, bats and wooden planks managed to contain Arslan until police arrived.
Ms Boorman said: “He threatened everyone and enjoyed it, he loved the attention – he said he would murder us.”
Another neighbor, Elizabeth Stock, said when police arrived Arslan’s wife Louise was “verbally aggressive” towards officers and threw a glass of water at her.
“I WILL MURDER HIM”
Ms Boorman said they had not used their back garden for more than a year because of his threats from Arslan.
He would yell that he knew where she and her husband worked and film the windows of their children’s bedrooms.
Turkey’s Arslan made counter-accusations, accusing the Boormans of racially abusing him.
The day before the attack, a police officer called Arslan to report him.
Arslan told the officer he would sort out his neighbor himself, adding that he would “murder” him, the jury heard.
Arslan has admitted the attempted murder of Mr Marsden, who caused serious bodily harm to Ms Boorman, and a charge of racketeering, but denies the murder and claims he was struck by a psychiatric disorder.
Prosecutor Kate Brunner QC said: “Prosecutors say this was a premeditated murder carried out in retaliation and anger and this defendant is guilty of murder.”
The process, which is expected to take a week and a half, continues.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5003689/neighbour-sat-dying-dad-triumphant-cigarette-row-stabbed/ The neighbor sat on the dying father and lit a “triumphant” cigarette after stabbing him like an animal 27 times over the park row