A MAN allegedly stabbed a father of three to death before stabbing his wife and letting another neighbor fight for his life.
Can Arslan appear in Bristol Magistrates’ Court today accused of killing his neighbor Matthew Boorman during an attack in Walton Cardiff, Gloucestershire, just after 5.20pm on Tuesday.
Arslan was charged with the murder of the 43-year-old father after the incident near Tewkesbury and has been remanded in custody.
The 51-year-old is also accused of causing serious bodily harm with intent to Matthew’s wife, Sarah, and attempted murder of another neighbor, Peter Marsden. He faces an additional charge for affray.
At a brief hearing today, the heavily built bearded defendant – who was wearing a gray t-shirt and training pants – spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
His wife and daughter were present in court, as were members of Matthew’s family.
Prosecutor Jeremy Oliver requested that the case be sent to Bristol Crown Court because of the seriousness of the charges.
Susan Helfer, chair of the bench, remanded Arslan in custody from Snowdonia Road and ordered him to appear in Bristol Crown Court on 11 October.
“As your lawyer will have told you, these offenses are too serious for this court and will be held in the Crown Court,” she said.
“We have no jurisdiction over bail and there will be a bail hearing in Bristol Crown Court on Monday.
“Since you are not asking for bail, you are not required to be present. There will be a request and pre-trial hearing on November 5th.
“In the meantime, you’ll be remanded in custody.”
During the incident, two off-duty police officers risked their lives to tackle the knife man and hold him back.
Despite being treated on the spot by paramedics, Matthew was declared tragically dead shortly after.
In a statement from Gloucestershire Police, his broken family said: ‘Matthew was a loving husband and father of three beautiful young children who all love him and miss him immensely.
Matthew was a loving husband and father to three beautiful little children who all love him and miss him immensely
“He was an uncle, a brother and a son. It broke our hearts to lose him too soon.”
His wife Sarah, who is in her 30s, sustained a leg injury and was treated at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
A fundraiser for her and their three young children has raised more than £ 26,000.
Peter Marsden, who is in his 40s, is in a “critical but stable” condition at Southmead Hospital in Bristol after suffering serious stab wounds.
Gloucestershire police said the Independent Police Conduct Office (IOPC) had been notified due to previous contact between the suspect and Matthew.
An IOPC spokesman said: “We have received a referral from Gloucestershire Police regarding previous police contact with the suspect and victim involved in a stabbing in Walton Cardiff.
“We will evaluate the referral to determine if any IOPC involvement is needed in a study.”
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