A man allegedly stabbed to death the father of three children and then stabbed his wife to death and left another neighbor to fight for life.
Can Arslan appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court after 5.20pm on Tuesday, accused of killing his neighbor Matthew Boorman during an attack in Walton Cardiff, Gloucestershire.
Arslan was charged with murdering his 43-year-old father following the incident near Tewkesbury and was remanded in custody.
The 51-year-old is also charged with grievous bodily harm with intent to cause Matthew’s wife, Sarah, and attempt to murder another neighbor, Peter Marsden. He faces an additional charge of assault.
In a brief hearing today, the bearded defendant — who wore a gray T-shirt and tracksuit trousers — spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
His wife and daughter were present in court, as were members of Mathew’s family.
Prosecutor Jeremy Oliver called for the case to be referred to Bristol Crown Court, given the gravity of the allegations.
Bench chair Susan Helfer sent Arslan of Snowdonia Road to custody and ordered him to appear at Bristol Crown Court on 11 October.
“As your lawyer may have told you, these offenses are too serious for this court and will be conducted in Crown Court,” she said.
“We have no jurisdiction over bail and there will be a bail hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Monday.
“Since you are not seeking bail, you are not required to appear. A petition and preparation of trial will be heard on November 5.
“In the meantime you will be sent into custody.”
During the incident, two off-duty police officers risked their lives to tackle and stop the knife.
Despite being treated at the scene by paramedics, Matthews was pronounced tragically dead shortly after.
In a statement released by Gloucestershire Police, their devastated family said: “Matthew was a loving husband and father of three beautiful young children who all love and miss him dearly.
Matthew was a loving husband and father of three beautiful little children who all loved him and missed him dearly.
“He was an uncle, a brother and a son. We are heartbroken to lose him too soon.”
His wife Sarah, who is 30, suffered a leg injury and was treated at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
a fundraiser He and his three young children have raised over £26,000.
Peter Marsden, who is 40, is in a “critical but stable” condition at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, having sustained serious knife injuries.
Gloucestershire Police said the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) had been informed because of previous contact between the suspect and Matthews.
An IOPC spokesman said: “We have received a referral from Gloucestershire Police regarding the suspect involved in the Walton Cardiff stabbing incident and previous police contact with the victim.
“We will assess referrals to determine whether the investigation requires the involvement of an IOPC.”
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