A man has told a court how he saw his Tinder date stabbed to death by her ‘jealous ex’ after kicking down the door in a bid to save her.
Hotel receptionist Vincente Breso-Biosca met Cristina Ortiz-Lozano through the popular dating app
The trial heard Abdelaziz El Yechioui Ourzat had been seen on CCTV ‘hiding in the shadows’ as he watched the pair sitting outside a pub on their date.
The jury was told Ourzat followed them back to Miss Ortiz-Lozano’s home afterwards, before stabbing her 23 times with a knife in her kitchen.
Prosecutor Kerry Maylin described Ourzat, 30, as “a jealous ex-boyfriend in a fit of rage who conducted a frenzied attack on her, quite simply because she had gone out with a male, not Mr Ourzat, on the night of the killing”.
Today at Winchester Crown Court, Mr Breso-Biosca told jurors that he matched with the ‘beautiful’ 28-year-old Spaniard on Tinder while he was working as a hotel receptionist in Hampshire’s New Forest.
The pair started chatting on the app and agreed to meet the next day.
He told jurors they went to Sprinkles ice cream parlour and the Giddy Bridge pub in Southampton.
The 30-year-old hotel worker said they talked about their families and Brexit, adding: “At that moment everything seemed normal. Just a guy and a girl getting to know each other”.
But while sat outside the pub, he said her face changed ‘drastically’ and she seemed scared like ‘somebody terrified of an animal’.
“She said she had seen her ex-boyfriend and wanted to leave immediately,” he said.
They left the pub and headed towards her home in the city.
On the way back, Mr Breso-Biosca said she told him about “the story of that relationship”.
“She said he had drinking problems and he was violent,” he said.
He said that Ourzat was ‘outside on the street, waiting for her’ when they got back and followed her inside her house while Mr Breso-Biosca waited outside.
“She was telling him to leave [saying] ‘please leave, I don’t want to see you’.
“I heard a scream that I wouldn’t expect to hear anywhere else at any time. It was her.
“My whole body knew that she was terrified.”
Mr Breso-Biosca said he told some neighbours to ‘call the police and somebody help me because he’s going to kill her’.
“I ran to the door, I kicked the door down and ran inside the house.
“She was laying on the floor on her back. 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.”
Mr Breso-Biosca fled the house, fearing he ‘could be next’ and grabbed a phone off a neighbour who was calling the police.
He told the police to ‘rush it because he’s killed her and we don’t know what he would do next’.
Jurors in the trial also heard from Cristina Rodriguez-Lopez, 29, a close friend and flatmate of Miss Ortiz-Lozano’s.
Miss Rodriguez-Lopez said she fell asleep but was awoken by her friend ‘screaming’ for Ourzat to get out of the house.
She said she was scared, so shut her bedroom door and called the police.
The two Cristinas met at school in Spain and were in the same class as Ourzat.
Miss Rodriguez-Lopez said this was when the pair began their 12-year relationship, although she added ‘there were some break-ups’ during that time.
The jury was told Ourzat, who worked as a baggage handler at Southampton docks, went on a rampage about her house following the break up, ripping light fixtures and radiators out of walls.
The jury heard Ourzat was arrested and had bail conditions banning him from the house and contacting Miss Ortiz-Lozano.
But he continued to email her, calling her a ‘bitch’ and a ‘whore’, the court was told.
Ortiz-Lozano told work colleagues at Norwegian Cruise Line that she planned to return to Spain to escape Ourzat following this incident, and was afraid to walk in to work on her own.
Stephen Moses, defending, said that Ourzat was stabbed in the neck and the chest on the night of the killing.
Ourzat told police he was stabbed first by Miss Ortiz-Lozano before he killed her.
Alan Mach, a neighbour who lived opposite Miss Ortiz-Lozano, today told the jury he saw ‘madness’ in Ourzat’s eyes when he walked in on the scene of the killing.
Mr Mach, 30, said Ourzat started to get up while holding the knife ‘in combat position’, so he closed the kitchen door and left the house
After speaking to some neighbours he returned to the kitchen twice.
On his final visit to the kitchen, Miss Ortiz-Lozano was still on the floor and Ourzat had gone.
Ourzat has admitted to killing the cruise line worker.
He denies murder but earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.
The trial continues on Monday.