Knife killer's attempted 'massacre' of neighbours after parking row caught on CCTV

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Watch: Knife killer's attempted 'massacre' of neighbours after parking row caught on CCTV

This is the shocking moment a killer armed with a knife attempted to carry out a “massacre” of his neighbours following a parking dispute.

Can Arslan, 52, fatally wounded father-of-three Matthew Boorman, stabbing him 27 times on his front lawn after returning home from work.

His wife, Sarah Boorman, was also stabbed in the leg as she tried to save her husband.

Arslan is currently on trial for Mr Boorman’s murder and Bristol Crown Court heard he was fuelled by "anger and revenge" against fellow residents in his village who had been trying to evict him for several years due to his anti-social behaviour.

Can Arslan (r) is seen on CCTV footage attacking an off-duty policeman (l) trying to stop him. (SWNS)
Can Arslan, right, is seen on CCTV footage attacking an off-duty policeman, left, trying to stop him. (SWNS)
Off-duty police officer Steve Wilkinson is seen on camera armed with a piece of wood following Can Arslan. (SWNS)
Off-duty police officer Steve Wilkinson is seen on camera armed with a piece of wood following Can Arslan. (SWNS)
Steve Arslan hit Can Arslan with a piece of wood to stop his attack. (SWNS)
Steve Arslan hit Can Arslan with a piece of wood to stop his attack. (SWNS)

Despite repeated warnings to police and to his victims – including telling one officer of his murderous intentions the day before – Arslan carried out the attack on 5 October 2021.

The entire incident in the village of Walton Cardiff near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, was caught on CCTV and doorbell cameras – some of which has now been released by police after being shown to the jury.

The released footage focuses on the aftermath of Arslan’s attack on Mr and Mrs Boorman fatally and shows him going around the corner to another neighbour, Peter Marsden, who had also been involved in the legal proceedings to get him out of his home.

Can Arslan lit a cigarette after attacking his neighbours. (SWNS)
Can Arslan lit a cigarette after attacking his neighbours. (SWNS)
A group of have-a-go heroes gathered in the street to corner Can Arslan until the police arrived. (SWNS)
A group of have-a-go heroes gathered in the street to corner Can Arslan until the police arrived. (SWNS)

CCTV shows Arslan walking into Mr Marsden’s kitchen before 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 he was stopped by a group of brave have-a-go heroes who gathered in the street to corner him until the police arrived.

One of the men was an 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.

Police sealed off the area following the attacks. (SWNS)
Police sealed off the area following the attacks. (SWNS)
Matthew Boorman died after being stabbed 27 times on his front lawn. (SWNS)
Matthew Boorman died after being stabbed 27 times on his front lawn. (SWNS)

The trial heard Arslan had targeted neighbours who had complained about his anti-social behaviour and were having him evicted in a long-running dispute about a shared driveway.

CCTV showed to the jury also saw Arslan sit on the lifeless body of Mr Boorman and light 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 the murder of Mr Boorman on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The trial continues.

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