Man who stabbed ex to death after seeing her on Tinder date guilty of murder

A jealous ex who stabbed his former girlfriend to death after seeing her on a Tinder date with another man was today convicted of her murder.

Cruise line worker Cristina Ortiz-Lozano was killed in a ‘frenzied’ attack after being followed home by spurned lover Abdelaziz El Yechioui Ourzat.

Ourzat, 30, was caught on CCTV ‘hiding in the shadows’ outside a pub his 28-year-old ex had visited with receptionist Vincente Breso-Biosca, whom she met on the popular dating app.

Today, a jury took just five hours and 36 minutes to find Ourzat guilty of killing his one-time childhood sweetheart.

Ourzat kept his head bowed as the verdict was read out at Winchester Crown Court, Hants.

Mr Breso-Biosca previously told the court that when Ortiz-Lozano spotted her former boyfriend watching them her face changed ‘drastically’ and she seemed scared like ‘somebody terrified of an animal’.

She then immediately asked her date if they could leave the bar in Southampton, Hants, on September 21, 2019.

On the way back to her Southampton home she explained that she had seen her ‘abusive’ ex-boyfriend and that he wasn’t allowed near her due to his bail conditions.

However, Ourzat stalked the couple home before following her inside and stabbing her 23 times with a kitchen knife while her date waited outside.

Frightened Mr Breso-Biosca told neighbours to “call the police and somebody help me because he’s going to kill her”.

Giving evidence, he said: “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.”

Jurors heard that the couple met at school in Spain and had been together for about 12 years before Miss Ortiz-Lozano 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.

Mr Ourzat was a baggage handler for Port Skills at the city docks.

On her Tinder date with Mr Breso-Biosca, a month after she split with her ex, Miss Ortiz-Lozano visited Sprinkles ice cream parlour and the Giddy Bridge pub.

Cristina Rodriguez-Lopez, Miss Ortiz-Lozano’s friend and house mate, was asleep but was awoken by ‘loud voices’ and heard Mr Ourzat screaming Miss Ortiz-Lozano’s name ‘as if he was calling her back’.

There were three Airbnb guests staying at the house and one of them had pushed their wooden bed up against the door in fear, the court heard.

Alan Mach, a neighbour who lived opposite Miss Ortiz-Lozano who rushed to the scene, said the kitchen floor was covered in blood.

Mr Mach said Ourzat gave him a look that ‘wasn’t normal’, adding: “There was madness in his eyes.”

Miss Ortiz-Lozano suffered stab wounds to her chest, neck and abdomen and had ‘defensive’ 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 Miss Ortiz-Lozano and was on anti-depressants, denied murdering his victim, instead claiming he was only guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

However, jurors today convicted him of murder following the two week trial.

Ourzat has appeared in the dock at Winchester Crown Court during his trial, but Judge Jane Miller Miller QC said two prison staff have tested positive for coronavirus so he is being kept there.

Judge Miller WC thanked the jury and invited them to the sentencing hearing.