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Jealous ex-boyfriend guilty of murder

|News, Violent crime

A man who violently stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death was found guilty of murder at Winchester Crown Court on 18 February 2021.

Abdelaziz El Yechioui Ourzat, 30, stabbed Cristina Ortiz-Lozano in a brutal and frenzied attack after she returned to her home in Portswood following a date with another man.

El Yechioui Ourzat and Ms Ortiz-Lozano had been in a relationship for 12 years, but Ms Ortiz-Lozano had ended the relationship four weeks before El Yechioui Ourzat’s attack.

When she informed him that the relationship was over he reacted violently, pulling a radiator off the wall, damaging wardrobe doors and ripping out a light fitting in the bedroom they once shared. When Ms Ortiz-Lozano tried to make a phone call, El Yechioui Ourzat snatched her phone and threw it on the floor.

El Yechioui Ourzat continued to try to make contact with Ms Ortiz-Lozano and sent her a series of abusive emails. He pleaded guilty to criminal damage and sending malicious communications to Ms Ortiz-Lozano. He was on bail for these offences and waiting to be sentenced when this attack took place.

On 21 September 2019, Ms Ortiz-Lozano was on a night out with a man she had met through a dating site. Whilst they were at a pub in Southampton Ms Ortiz-Lozano saw El Yechioui Ourzat which caused her distress and led to her request to go home.

When she arrived home with her date, El Yechioui Ourzat was already there and he followed Ms Ortiz-Lozano into the property and fatally attacked her. CCTV evidence showed El Yechioui Ourzat following the couple during their evening out, hanging back in the shadows and loitering at junctions, before going to her home.

On 18 February 2021, El Yechioui Ourzat was found guilty of murder and has today (17 March 2021) been sentenced to life imprisonment at Winchester Crown Court. He will serve a minimum of 19 years.

Bernadette Kearney, CPS Wessex Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: “Prior to his trial, El Yechioui Ourzat pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Ms Ortiz-Lozano by reason of diminished responsibility, stating that he had lost control due to a depressive illness.

“The prosecution used witness accounts, CCTV, forensic and expert psychiatric evidence to prove that El Yechioui Ourzat’s sustained and violent attack on Ms Ortiz-Lozano was murder.

“We worked in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary to ensure that justice was delivered for the family of Ms Ortiz-Lozano.   Our thoughts remain with them at this time.”

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