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Can Arslan, 52, was found guilty today of murdering Matthew Boorman, 43. He killed the father of three in the victim’s front garden in the Gloucestershire village of Walton Cardiff, before sitting on his body and lighting a cigarette.
He also stabbed Mr. Boorman’s wife, Sarah, in the leg when she was trying to get him out of her husband on October 5 last year, and then broke into the home of another man, Peter Marsden, and stabbed him eight times. .
Arslan had subjected his neighbors in the new-build development near Tewkesbury to years of verbal abuse and threats and was about to be evicted from his property when he launched his attack.
In May, Ms Boorman made a statement to the police in which she set out a summary of the threats they had received from Arslan. She said that they were worried about being killed, or that someone was going to be seriously injured very soon. But Arslan made counter-accusations, accusing the Boormans of racially abusing him.
The day before the attack, a police officer had phoned Arslan about the complaint he had made. During the call, Arslan verbally abused the officer, calling him a “son of a bitch” and a “son of a bitch,” and told him that he would fix his neighbor himself, adding, “I’ll kill him.”
Today, the Independent Office of Police Conduct confirmed that he was investigating the actions of Gloucestershire Police following a series of reported incidents in the neighborhood before his death. The watchdog added that it was “examining what actions the police took in response to a series of reports made by neighbours” since January 2021.
And his wife Sarah said today: ‘Matt glowed brightly, radiated enthusiasm and had a real zest for life. He loved to celebrate life and fill the house with music and laughter. Perhaps what people will remember most about Matt is his smile. The energy of him, the love of him, the laughter of him-a very proud father of his children.
He “He helped raise money for charities over the years, climbing the Three Peaks with friends, gardening at a hospice, running half marathons and much, much more. Matt was a man who brought fun to the most mundane tasks. He was a kid at heart who flew model planes and raced remote control cars.
“He loved roller coasters, music festivals, camping weekends, hiking, running, biking, motorcycling and flying. He truly lived life to the fullest and lived for his children. Evenings and weekends were spent together as a family.
“Matt’s death is really shocking. He was so young and had such a bright future ahead of him. Today and for the rest of my life I am mourning the loss of my husband. Our family and friends have been sentenced to a life of pain.
Mr. Boorman’s family also said in a statement that the “incident was not remotely unexpected”, adding: “Police and other authorities had been briefed on how dangerous this man was, the threats he made and the risks involved. presented”.
“The response was toothless and ineffective, even when the defendant himself told the police that he was going to murder Matthew. That conversation took place on October 4, the night before Matthew died. He wasn’t even warned. ‘
Arslan, who has been tried at Bristol Crown Court, denied the murder and said he should be sentenced on a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. But the jury today unanimously convicted him of murder after a day of deliberations. They retired to consider his verdict yesterday afternoon.
Prior to trial, Arslan had already admitted to the attempted murder of Mr. Marsden and causing serious bodily harm to Ms. Boorman. He also admitted the anger. The accused has been brought to court from the maximum security Broadmoor psychiatric hospital in Berkshire each day, accompanied by six psychiatric nurses.
Flanked by the six nurses today, Arslan, wearing a pink hooded top, stood motionless as he was sentenced. His wife and his stepdaughter wept when the verdict was read, and he blew them kisses as they led him away.
The trial judge, Mrs Justice Cutts, said she wanted an additional psychiatric report prepared on him before sentencing, and set a hearing for two months. She told him: ‘Today I am not going to sentence you; I am going to sentence you on June 9th when I will have an additional report on you. In the meantime, he will remain at Broadmoor.
At the time of the murder, Arslan was subject to a court order prohibiting him from threatening or abusing his neighbors, and had received an eviction notice.
“He is a cunning and intelligent man who tries to fool the eyes,” the prosecutor said.
Howard Godfrey QC, for Arslan, had said the defendant was not trying to “evade” responsibility for Mr Boorman’s death, but said it was clearly “not normal behaviour”.
‘He attacks in broad daylight when everyone is around and there is CCTV everywhere, is that normal?’ he said.
“He doesn’t do it at night when someone is walking his dog and then runs away, he doesn’t wear a mask to try to hide who he is; he is in broad daylight, in front of everyone around.
Godfrey continued: “After Boorman died, he continued to stab him 27 times, then lights a cigarette and sits on top of Boorman. Does this seem like normal behavior to you?
“He’s calm, he’s robotic, he’s emotionless through a lot of this.”
Godfrey referred to a number of witnesses who described Arslan as having “psychopathic” or “bright” eyes, or who seemed “to enjoy” what he was doing.
He also cited evidence from forensic psychiatrist Dr. Sally Foster, who found that “impaired mental functioning was a major contributing factor to the defendant’s acts.”
Godfrey said, “In his expert opinion, (Arslan’s personality disorder) impaired his ability to form rational judgment and was bad enough to amount to an abnormality of mental function.”
Dr. Sandford said
Dr. Sandford said: “Sometimes you can help them, but in some cases you can’t because that’s who they are, it’s their character.”
The witness explained that people experiencing a psychotic episode or prolonged mental illness tend to have a ‘package’ of symptoms, including paranoid delusions and auditory and visual hallucinations.
He said people who are hallucinating are often very distracted, will respond to voices they hear, and have a hard time differentiating between the person speaking to them in real life and the voice.
The first mention of ‘voices’ in Arslan’s medical records came at 7:33 p.m. m. on the night of the murder, when he told the police that ‘the voice told me to ‘kill him’.
In later references to his voice, he said that it belonged to his childhood teddy bear. “With forensic psychology you have to have a degree of skepticism,” said Dr. Sandford.
He added: “When you have a voice of your own, you are always very skeptical, but when you have a voice of your own after a serious offense, you are even more skeptical.”
Normally, the voices would fit the pattern of someone’s delusional beliefs, the witness said.
He cited the example of someone believing that the voices in his head came from a microphone placed in his teeth by the KGB.
Dr. Sandford said that someone with a personality disorder may have fixed beliefs that are not true, but not in the way that someone with a mental disorder may have paranoid delusions.
He said Arslan “believed the UK was fundamentally racist, he believed the police were totally corrupt and he believed his neighbors had been unfair to him and were persecuting him”.
Dr. Sandford said that Arslan’s beliefs were rooted in reality: his neighbors had issued an injunction against him to stop him from harassing them and he was facing eviction.
The court heard that Arslan had a “grand” and narcissistic view of himself, claiming to have wealthy relatives, gangsters in his family and to have killed 61 people during his military service.
Dr. Sandford said that during evaluations, Arslan had claimed not to remember the incident and also that the violence was justifiable.
‘(The defendant) felt that these people had persecuted him, he felt victimized by the eviction order and by the neighbors, and he also saw it quite reasonable to take another person’s life,’ he said.
Dr. Sandford said that he did not believe that Arslan did not remember the event, saying that amnesia is usually only caused by a severe blow to the head or severe intoxication.
He added that ‘selective amnesia’, when someone represses a painful incident to the point that he can no longer remember it, is a controversial phenomenon among psychiatrists.
“It’s extremely rare, you never see it in general psychiatric practice, and some say it’s so rare that it’s not real, you only see it in criminals,” he said.
Dr Sandford said: “There is nothing to suggest that this man has a mental illness or mental disorder in any way, he is performing a series of intentional acts that are goal directed, his goal is to kill Mr Boorman and try to kill your other neighbor. – It’s pretty clear how he’s doing it.
Matthew Boorman Quick and Facts
- Can Arslan, 52, killed Matthew Boorman, 43, on the victim’s front lawn in Walton Cardiff, Gloucestershire
- He also knifed father-of-three Mr Boorman’s wife, Sarah, in leg as she tried to drag him off her husband
- Arslan then forced his way into the home of another man, Peter Marsden, and stabbed him eight times
- He had subjected his neighbours on the new-build development to years of verbal abuse and threats
- Arslan was on the point of being evicted from his property when he launched his attack on them