Beast who stabbed glamourous ex-girlfriend to death after seeing her on Tinder date with new man jailed
A JEALOUS beast who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death after seeing her on a Tinder date with another man has been jailed.
Abdelaziz El Yechioui Ourzat, 31, has been locked up for at least 19 years after killing cruise line worker Cristina Ortiz-Lozanoin, 28, in a "frenzied" attack in Southampton.
Cristina's father, Manuel Ortiz-Cortez, told a court today that his youngest daughter's violent death had "emotionally destroyed" the family and asked Cristina's killer: "How could you do this to us?"
The two-week murder trial heard how Cristina was on a date with hotel receptionist Vincente Breso-Biosca in Southampton, Hants, on September 21, 2019.
They went to Sprinkles ice cream parlour and the Giddy Bridge pub – but left early after she spotted Ourzat entering the pub.
A jury was told he had been caught on CCTV "hiding in the shadows" outside the pub.
Ourzat then stalked the pair home before following Cristina inside and stabbing her 23 times with a kitchen knife while her date waited outside.
Frightened Breso-Biosca told neighbours to "call the police and somebody help me because he's going to kill her".
He kicked the door down and ran inside to see Ourzat on top of Cristina as he held a knife in his hand.
A judge branded Ourzat's attack as "savage, ferocious and sustained" as she passed a life sentence with a minimum term of 19 years.
Ourzat, who is of Moroccan descent, remained emotionless as his sentence was read out today at Winchester Crown Court, Hampshire.
Judge Jane Miller QC said: "After she told you it was over, you clearly saw red.
"In the months after and on the night you killed Cristina, you adopted a 'poor me' attitude.
"You didn't accept at any stage that the end of the relationship was your fault.
"After the relationship ended in that month you decided to wallow in self pity.
"You saw Cristina sitting, talking with a young man. You were jealous and were upset at her moving on and from jealousy to anger is a short step."
Cristina's father, Manuel, who lives in Spain, provided a statement about the devastating loss of his daughter, which was read out to the court by prosecutor Kerry Maylin.
'WE LOVED HER VERY MUCH'
"We have been destroyed as people and as a family," the statement said.
"Every day at around 9pm Cristina would call us to tell us about her day to day life. Now that has become our worst time of the day. It's emotionally destroyed us.
"We will probably have to move house after nearly 40 years because we live barely 200 metres from his family.
"We included him in our family… He told me that I was like his second father."
Manuel then addressed Ourzat directly, asking him: "What reason did you have for killing my daughter? How could you do this to Cristina and the rest of our family?
"You knew how much we loved both of our daughters. I asked you to look after her because we loved her very much."
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available from 10:00am – 4:00pm weekdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm weekends.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Stephen Moses, mitigating for Ourzat, read out a letter from the killer.
"I feel ashamed as to who I have become. I don't know how i was able to cause such damage and destruction," he said.
"Everything got out of hand. I never thought of hurting the person I love the most.
"I live in a nightmare and I hate myself.
"I am disgusted. I will never feel peace again living with what I did. To Cristina's family and her father Manuel, I beg for your forgiveness.
"I do not deserve anything good from this life."
During the trial, jurors heard how the couple met at school in Spain and had been together for 12 years before Cristina dumped Ourzat when he was arrested for drink driving in August 2019.
At the time, they were living together in Southampton and she was working for the Norwegian Cruise Line, while Ourzat was a baggage handler for Port Skills at the city docks.
Cristina suffered stab wounds to her chest, neck and abdomen.
She also had wounds on her arms "where she raised her arms in front of her body in an attempt to protect her torso and her neck".
Ourzat, who initially told police he was stabbed first by Cristina and was on anti-depressants, denied murdering his victim, instead claiming he was guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility.
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