Brute who murdered neighbour after years of torment is jailed for life

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A man found guilty of murder after shockingly stabbing his neighbour to death has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 38 years.

Can Arslan, 52, subjected neighbour Matthew Boorman, 43, to 12 years of constant abused, before brutally murdering him on October 5, 2021, in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Although he denied murder, claiming it was manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, he was found guilty of stabbing the father-of-three 27 times on his front lawn.

He then stabbed his victim's wife's leg, before breaking into the home of another neighbour, Peter Marsden, and stabbing him eight times.

Mrs Justice Cutts said: “On that afternoon, for no reason at all, you took the life of a decent family man, robbed his children of their father, his wife of her husband, and his mother and siblings of a much-loved son and brother.”

His reign of terror was captured on CCTV in the area – which also showed an off-duty police officer hunting Arslan down with a huge chunk of wood.

He admitted the attempted murder of Mr Marsden, causing grievous bodily harm to Mrs Boorman and a charge of affray – but maintained he did not murder Mr Boorman.

Bristol Crown Court heard how the man and his neighbour would regularly argue over parking and car disputes – which often ended up with Arslan threatening to kill Mr Boorman and his wife.

However, despite his plea of diminished responsibility, two forensic psychiatrists both agreed that he was not psychotic or mentally ill.

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He was diagnosed with paranoia, being unstable and having antisocial personality disorder.

This gave the prosecution cause to argue that he was in full control of what he was doing, and knew the difference between “right and wrong”.

Charges of harassment were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in March, and he was being kept in custody at Broadmoor Hospital after the initial hearing at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court.

He was found guilty of the murder in April.

Mr Boorman's sister Sarah Elston said: “Matt shone brightly, he radiated enthusiasm and had a real zest for life.

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“He loved to celebrate life, and fill the house with both music and laughter.

“Perhaps what people will remember most of all about Matt is his smile.

“His energy, his love, his laughter – a very proud father of his children. Matt's death is truly shocking. He was so young and had such a bright future ahead of him.”

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