Man who murdered neighbour after stabbing him 27 times jailed for life

Can Arslan
Can Arslan

Can Arslan, 52, was jailed at Bristol Crown Court today

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Can Arslan, 52, has been jailed at Bristol Crown Court for life with a minimum term of 38 years for the murder of his neighbour Matthew Boorman after subjecting him to years of threats and abuse.

Arslan carried out a reign of terror on the Walton Cardiff estate, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, for more than 12 years before he killed Mr Boorman.

Arslan denied murder, claiming his diagnosis of anti-social personality disorder lessened the offence to one of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but was convicted after a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

He admitted wounding Mr Boorman’s wife Sarah, whom he stabbed in the leg when she tried to pull him off her husband, and the attempted murder of another neighbour, Peter Marsden.

The victims had been taking legal action against Arslan to try to get him evicted from the estate.

Jailing Arslan for life with a minimum term of 38 years, 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.”

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