"He had a knife. He reacted [to seeing me] by a look. It wasn’t a normal look. There was madness in his eyes," witness recollected
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on February 9, 2021. It has since been updated.
We've heard many horrifying stories of jealous exes getting back at the 'one that got away' in the worst way possible. This particular one is a perfect example of technology playing an important role in ensuring that justice is served to the victim. Cristina Ortiz-Lozano, 28, was murdered by ex-boyfriend Yechioui Ourzat, 30, after she had come home from a Tinder date. The murder trial took place at the Winchester Crown Court where CCTV footage helped serve justice to the poor woman.
The CCTV footage shows Ourzat stalking Cristina while she was on her date. He can be seen still wearing his work uniform while watching the woman from the other side of the road. The court heard how Miss Ortiz-Lozano, a Norwegian Cruise Lineworker had broken up with Ourzat, a baggage handler at the city’s docks, about a month earlier. Ourzat was apparently ‘hiding in the shadows’ outside a pub when Miss Ortiz-Lozano spotted him. She and her date Mr. Breso-Biosca then decided to leave the place as soon as possible, Prosecutor Kerry Maylin said, according to Metro UK. Mr. Breso-Biosca recalled the incident and said that her face changed ‘drastically’ when she saw her ex and she seemed scared – like ‘somebody terrified of an animal’.
As the two walked back towards Cristina's house, the prosecution alleged that Ourzat could be seen 'following them, hanging back at road crossings so he didn’t get too close, and ducking behind street corners so they couldn’t see him', reported Metro UK. It was reported that Ourzat had stalked his victim all the way to her home in Southampton before stabbing her 23 times in her kitchen with a knife. Mr. Breso-Biosca, who was waiting outside, told the court he ‘kicked the door down’ after hearing his date scream. "My whole body knew she was terrified," he said. When the man reached the kitchen, he apparently found Ourzat kneeling on top of her.
‘She was laying on the floor on her back,’ he recollected, ‘He was on top of her with one hand on her throat. As soon as I got to the door of the kitchen he grabbed the knife with his other hand. He was kneeling on top of her. He had her under full submission. He was trying to choke her or hold her down. She was already gone," he further said. Cristina's neighbor Alan Mach heard the commotion and went inside the house to inspect what was going on.
"He was just crouching down beside her. There was blood around the woman who was lying on the floor. ‘He had a knife. He reacted [to seeing me] by a look. It wasn’t a normal look. There was madness in his eyes," he recollected. The prosecutor then went on to describe Ourzat as 'a jealous ex-boyfriend who acted in a fit of rage and attacked Cristina for having gone out with another man on the night of the killing’. Ourzat has apparently denied the murder but has admitted to manslaughter by diminished responsibility. The trial continues, reported Metro UK.