'I can't explain to our three kids why their father was stabbed to death', says wife of murder victim

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Can Arslan (left) stabbed father-of-three Matthew Boorman (right), 43, a total of 27 times on his front lawn. (PA/SWNS)
Can Arslan (left) stabbed father-of-three Matthew Boorman (right), 43, a total of 27 times on his front lawn. (PA/SWNS)

The widow of a man stabbed to death on his front lawn by a neighbour has said she will never be able to explain to their three children why he was killed.

Sarah Boorman was wounded herself as she tried to save husband Matthew Boorman, 43, after he was stabbed by Can Arslan, 52, as he walked to his front door in Walton Cardiff, near Tewkesbury, in Gloucestershire.

Arslan then forced his way into the home of another neighbour, Peter Marsden, where he stabbed him eight times before he was eventually stopped by a group of locals who cornered him until police arrived.

Arslan was pushed out of the home of one of the people he stabbed then hit with a piece of wood by an off-duty policeman. (SWNS)
Arslan was pushed out of the home of one of the people he stabbed then hit with a piece of wood by an off-duty policeman. (SWNS)
This shocking video shows a killer being arrested during his attempted massacre of neighbours as he LAUGHS and tells cops - 'I warned you for one year I would murder him.' See SWNS story SWBRarrest. Can Arslan, 52, was detained by cops at the scene after fatally stabbing father-of-three Matthew Boorman. Bristol Crown Court heard left the body behind after having a 'triumphant' cigarette and wounding wife Sarah Boorman before storming into another neighbour's home to continue his spree. But after being forced out of the home of another neighbour Peter Marsden, who he stabbed eight times, he was confronted by brave off-duty police officers who corner him with golf clubs and wooden slabs until cops arrived to arrest him.
Horrifying footage showed Arslan laughing as he was detained by police, telling them: "I warned you". (SWNS)

Arslan denied murder, pleading guilty instead to a lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but was convicted after a trial in April and jailed for life with a minimum term of 38 years at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday.

Footage had showed Arslan laughing as he was being arrested, telling police: "I warned you".

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In a victim impact statement, Boorman described her husband as a "good, honest and kind man who never fell out with anybody" and a devoted father who "enjoyed all parts of parenting".

The couple's three children, then aged 12, seven and two, were in their house during the attack, with the eldest running to shut his siblings in the lounge to protect them.

"I struggle to explain to Matt’s biggest fans, his children," Boorman said. "They don’t understand why a bad man would want to hurt their daddy so much they can’t ever see him again."

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Arslan's "massacre" was fuelled by revenge because locals were trying to get him evicted, the court heard. (SWNS)

The court heard Arslan had subjected people in the area to 12 years of threats and abuse and had recently learned he was to be evicted for his behaviour.

Boorman described how her family had endured years of him threatening to rape and murder them, as well as verbally abusing them.

She said life was like "living in the middle of a war zone, we were always on edge about what was going to happen".

Arslan was eventually confronted by two off-duty policemen armed with golf clubs who detained him until police could arrive. (SWNS)
Arslan was eventually confronted by two off-duty policemen armed with golf clubs who detained him until police could arrive. (SWNS)
Police forensics at the scene near Arlington Road, Walton Cardiff, Gloucestershire, October 6, 2021.  A man has died and another suffered serious injuries after a mass stabbing in a small village.  See SWNS story SWBRstab.  One male has been arrested after two men and a women were attacked with a knife in Walton Cardiff near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.  Police received multiple reports of a knife-wielding man attacking others in Snowdonia Road and Arlington Road at 5.20pm Tuesday.  Reports say the public tried to intervene and stop the man's attacks.  A man in his 50s was arrested and police said they were not looking for anyone else.  One man suffered serious injuries and was given treatment at the scene, but sadly died there.  A second man suffered serious stab wounds and remains in a stable condition at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.  A woman was also wounded in the leg and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for treatment.  Several members of the public tried to intervene, Gloucestershire Constabulary said.
Sarah Boorman thanked locals who had rallied around to help her and her husband. (SWNS)

She thanked neighbours who had tried to save her husband and tackle Arslan, saying: "Many of them were people I had never met before.

"I didn’t know their names and I didn’t know if they had families waiting for them, but they came to help me and tried to save Matt by selflessly running towards danger.

"These strangers, with kindness and love, came to my rescue.”

Boorman’s family had previously criticised the "toothless" response by police and other agencies in response to the years of abuse and threats from Arslan.

Arslan, 51, had made the lives of fellow residents in his Cotswolds village a misery for many years after a dispute. (SWNS)
Arslan, 51, had made the lives of fellow residents in his Cotswolds village a misery for many years after a dispute. (SWNS)
Sarah Boorman was also injured as she tried to help her husband. (SWNS)
Sarah Boorman was also injured as she tried to help her husband. (SWNS)

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has opened an investigation into Gloucestershire Police’s actions in light of the fact many incidents had been reported in the run-up to his attack on Boorman.

The IOPC said on Thursday: "As part of our investigation to date, we have served a misconduct notice on one police constable in relation to their contact with Mr Arslan.

"Such notices advise an officer their conduct is subject to investigation and do not necessarily mean any disciplinary proceedings will follow.

"Our independent investigation began in November following a mandatory referral from Gloucestershire Constabulary straight after Mr Boorman’s death about prior police contact, and subsequent referrals of complaints."

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