Man who stabbed ex to death after stalking her home from date is jailed for life

A jealous man stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death after stalking her home from a date she had been on with another man.

Abdelaziz El Yechioui Ourzat has been jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 19 years for killing Cristina Ortiz-Lozano, 28, in her kitchen on September 21 2019.

Winchester Crown Court heard how Ms Ortiz-Lozano suffered multiple stab wounds at her home in Southampton, Hampshire, as she returned from a pub where she had met a 30-year-old man.

Hampshire Police said Ms Ortiz-Lozano had cut the date short after spotting Ourzat enter the pub but when she got home he was already there and followed her inside.

A spokesman for the force said: "When they arrived, El Yechioui Ourzat was waiting outside of the address. Cristina let herself into the property and El Yechioui Ourzat followed her into the kitchen, where he carried out his brutal attack."

The 29-year-old defendant had been in a relationship with Ms Ortiz-Lozano for 12 years since they had met at school in Spain, and they had moved to the UK in April 2018, firstly living in Liverpool before moving to Southampton the following year.

Police told the court that the pair split up after Ourzat was arrested for failing to give a breath test which led to an argument and the defendant causing criminal damage to their home address in August 2019.

Later that month, he was arrested again for sending abusive emails to Ms Ortiz-Lozano and was bailed with conditions not to contact her.

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Detective Inspector Toby Elcock said: "I welcome today's sentence. El Yechioui Ourzat has been shown to be an extremely dangerous man whose abusive and jealous behaviour led him to take the life of a young woman who had her whole life ahead of her.

"I know today's sentence will not bring Cristina back, but I hope it goes some way to give her family and friends some closure and a degree of comfort that justice has been done.

"This was a brutal attack on a young woman who had her whole life ahead of her.

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"The court heard how El Yechioui Ourzat's abusive and jealous behaviour culminated in the brutal murder of Cristina."

Ms Ortiz-Lozano's father said in a statement released through police: "Every day at around 9pm, Cristina would call us to tell us about her day-to-day life and now that has become our worst time of the day. It has emotionally destroyed us.

"We welcomed Abdelaziz El Yechioui Ourzat as another member of our family, including him and making him part of our lives, to the extent that he told me that I was like his second father.

"El Yechioui Ourzat knew how much we loved both of our daughters. I asked him to look after Cristina because we loved her very much."

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