Parking row neighbour’s knife ‘massacre’ caught on CCTV: Court sees horrific video of off-duty cop battling ‘revenge-fuelled killer’ with plank of wood after he stabbed to death father-of-three then attacked second neighbour in frenzy
This is the moment that a self-confessed killer tried to carry out a ‘massacre’ of his neighbours, which saw a father-of-three stabbed to death and two others wounded.
Can Arslan is on trial for allegedly murdering Matthew Boorman, who was stabbed 27 times on his front lawn in Gloucestershire after returning home from work.
Bristol Crown Court heard 52-year-old Arslan was fuelled by ‘anger and revenge’ against fellow residents in his village of Walton Cardiff, near Tewkesbury.
A CCTV image shows Can Arslan (right) being pushed out of the Gloucestershire home of one of the people he stabbed while an off duty policeman hits him with a piece of wood
Arslan (right) was fuelled by ‘anger and revenge’ against fellow residents, the court was told
They were said to have been trying to evict him for several years due to his anti-social behaviour, ahead of what the jury heard was a ‘massacre’ on October 5, 2021.
Despite repeated warnings to police and to his victims – including telling one officer of his murderous intentions the day before – Arslan allegedly carried out the attack.
The entire incident was caught on CCTV and doorbell cameras – some of which has now been released by police to the media after being shown to the jury.
The footage focuses on the aftermath of Arslan fatally wounding Mr Boorman, 43. His wife Sarah suffered a deep wound to her thigh as she tried to save her husband.
Arslan (barefoot) is confronted by an off-duty policemen armed with a piece of wood
Matthew Boorman (pictured with his wife Sarah) was stabbed 27 times on his front lawn
A court artist’s sketch of 52-year-old Can Arslan in the dock at Bristol Crown Court yesterday
Video footage then shows him going to another neighbour, Peter Marsden, who had also been involved in a legal fight to get him out of his home – and attacking him too.
The CCTV shows Arslan walking into his kitchen and then Arslan being forcibly removed – but not before he had stabbed Mr Marsden a total of eight times.
The court heard Arslan also had another neighbour in his sights, but was stopped by have-a-go heroes who gathered in the street to corner him until police arrived.
One of the men was off-duty police officer Steve Wilkinson who is seen on camera armed with a piece of wood and hitting Arslan with it to try and stop the attack.
The scene in the village of Walton Cardiff on October 6 last year as forensics investigate
Police activity in Walton Cardiff near Tewkesbury on October 6 last year after the incident
The trial heard Arslan had targeted neighbours who had complained about his anti-social behaviour and wanted him evicted in a long dispute over a shared driveway.
CCTV also showed Arslan sitting on Mr Boorman’s body and lighting what witnesses said was a ‘triumphant’ cigarette. He was eventually Tasered by police and arrested.
Arslan has admitted attempted murder, grievous bodily harm with intent and affray but denies murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The trial continues.