Tewkesbury stabbing: Man in court accused of murdering his neighbour and attempting to kill another
A man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with murdering his neighbour.
Can Arslan, 51, is accused of stabbing to death father-of-three Matthew Boorman, 43, at the victim’s home in Snowdonia Road, Walton Cardiff, near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire on Tuesday evening.
Arslan is also accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Boorman’s wife, Sarah, and the attempted murder of another neighbour, Peter Marsden.
He also faces an additional charge of affray.
Appearing at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Friday, the defendant wore a grey T-shirt and tracksuit trousers and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during a brief hearing.
His wife and daughter were present in court, as were members of Mr Boorman’s family.
Jeremy Oliver, prosecuting, asked for the case to be sent to Bristol Crown Court due to the seriousness of the charges.
Miss Susan Helfer, chair of the bench, remanded Arslan, of Snowdonia Road, in custody and ordered him to appear before Bristol Crown Court on 11 October.
Ms Helfer set the plea and preparation hearing for 5 November.
During the incident, two off-duty police officers risked their lives to tackle the knifeman and restrain him.
Mr Boorman was treated at the scene by paramedics but was declared dead a short time later.
Mr Marsden, who is in his 40s, is in a “critical but stable” condition at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, having suffered serious stab wounds.
Mrs Boorman, who is in her 30s, suffered a leg injury and was treated at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
In a statement released by Gloucestershire Police, Mr Boorman’s family said: “Matthew was a loving husband and a father to three gorgeous young children who all love him and miss him tremendously.
“He was an uncle, a brother and a son. It broke our hearts to lose him too soon.”
Gloucestershire Police said the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) had been informed due to previous contact between the suspect and Mr Boorman.
An IOPC spokesman said: “We have received a referral from Gloucestershire Police in respect of previous police contact with the suspect and victim involved in a stabbing incident in Walton Cardiff.
“We will be assessing the referral to determine whether any IOPC involvement is required in an investigation.”
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