Man acted like 'The Terminator' as he 'knifed neighbour to death in pre-planned horror film rampage' over parking row

A "CONTROLLED and rational" killer was like The Terminator when he knifed his neighbour to death amid a long-standing parking row, a court has heard.

Can Arslan, 52, is accused of murdering father-of-three Matthew Boorman by stabbing him 27 times on his front lawn in a pre-planned horror movie-style rampage.

The defendant also stabbed Mr Boorman's wife Sarah in the leg before storming to the home of another neighbour, Peter Marsden, and knifing him eight times too.

Prosecutors allege that after 43-year-old Mr Boorman was killed, Arslan sat on his body and lit a "triumphant" cigarette.

Residents armed with golf clubs, bats and planks of wood managed to pen him in until police arrived, it's said.

Body-worn video footage of the arrest shows Arslan appearing to laugh as he was loaded into a marked van. He later claimed his teddy bear had told him to kill, jurors have heard.

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Kate Brunner QC, for the CPS, told jurors at Bristol Crown Court today the defendant was "a man acting as a Terminator, and terminating his neighbours in a very rational and controlled way".

Cops had been called to Arslan's home before the slaying, and he suggested that his wife put on either Terminator or Terminator 2: Judgement Day as they arrived, it was heard.

Ms Brunner said the way he "calmly" carried out the alleged violence like a "horror film" showed his desire to "have the starring role and end up famous on TV", just like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"When this began, Mr Boorman's colleague was sitting at a desk on a routine conference call and could hear shouting and screaming," the prosecutor said.

"It was like she was hearing a truly horrendous horror movie. And it was a horror movie that was just beginning.

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"This defendant had written a script – it was something he had planned and he controlled."

Jurors have heard Arslan believed Mr Boorman and his other neighbours were trying to get him evicted from his home in Walton Cardiff near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

It's alleged he had subjected the residents of the new-build estate to years of threats and abuse, and was charged with harassment just a week before the killing. 

Mr Boorman, who worked for engineering firm GE Aviation, had just returned from work when Arslan stabbed him.

Ms Brunner told the court the defendant has pretended to be suicidal, hear voices, have PTSD and flashbacks and suffer with amnesia – but called the claims "nonsense".

"The decision to kill Matthew Boorman was not irrational," she said.

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Arslan has admitted the attempted murder of Mr Marsden, causing grievous bodily harm to Mrs Boorman, and a charge of affray, but denies murder, claiming he was in the grip of a psychiatric disorder.

The trial continues.

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