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Woman 'killed by her ex had secret job arranging sex work for escorts'

A cruise line worker allegedly stabbed to death by her jealous ex-boyfriend after he saw her on a Tinder date with another man was working a secret job arranging sex work for escorts abroad, a court heard today.

Cristina Ortiz-Lozano was knifed 23 times by spurned lover Abdelaziz El Yechioui Ourzat in a ‘frenzied’ attack after he spotted her enjoying a night out with a partner a month after she dumped him.

Today at Winchester Crown Court, Hants, jurors heard that police found evidence on phones belonging to the 28-year-old that she had been involved in ‘putting men in touch with escorts’ in and the Middle East.

Prosecutor Kerry Maylin said Miss Ortiz-Lozano, who worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines in Southampton, owned several mobile phones which had been used to arrange ‘sex work’.

Cristina Ortiz-Lozano, pictured, had been involved in ‘putting men in touch with escorts’ in France and the Middle East

Ourzat, pictured on CCTV, stalked his former girlfriend while she was out on a Tinder date, the court was told

A jury has been told that Ourzat had been caught on CCTV ‘hiding in the shadows’ outside a pub where Miss Ortiz-Lozano had gone with a man she had met on the popular dating app

She said: ‘Miss Ortiz Lozano was involved in arranging escorts for men in France, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

‘There were images of women in revealing garments and conversations about izmir escort and sex work.’

She added that the phones included lists of women’s names, prices and locations.

A jury has been told that Ourzat had been caught on CCTV ‘hiding in the shadows’ outside a pub where Miss Ortiz-Lozano had gone with a man she had met on the popular dating app.

He then allegedly trailed the couple as they returned to her house before following her inside and stabbing her 23 times with a kitchen knife while her date waited outside.

The jury also heard today how Ourzat had been treated for stab wounds at Southampton General Hospital. 

The 30-year-old told police following his arrest that Miss Ortiz-Lozano stabbed him first before he killed her.

Ms Maylin said Ourzat had suffered three stab wounds to the left hand side of his chest and two stab wounds to the right hand side of his neck, but that none of his injuries were ‘life threatening’.

Ms Maylin also told the court that Ourzat, who worked as a baggage handler at the city docks, had been receiving treatment for depression and anxiety since March 2019 and began seeing a psychiatrist after his dog died around that time.

She said he had been taking anti-depressant medication since March and was still taking this in September, at the time of the killing.

The jury has heard that the couple met at school in Spain and had been together for about 12 years before Miss Ortiz-Lozano ended the relationship.

But she ‘couldn’t deal with his volatility and his drunkenness’ any longer after Ourzat, who is of Moroccan descent, was arrested for drink driving in August 2019, the court heard.

When Spaniard Miss Ortiz-Lozano told Ourzat to leave, he went on a rampage around the house, damaging the bedroom and bathroom they shared, ripping light fixtures and radiators out of the walls, the jury was told.

Ourzat allegedly trailed the couple as they returned to her house before following her inside and stabbing her 23 times with a kitchen knife while her date waited outside

Police at the scene in Portswood, Southampton, Hants where Cristina Ortiz-Lozano was killed

He was arrested for criminal damage and then allegedly breached his bail by sending her emails in which he called her a ‘b****’ and a ‘wh**e’.

Following the breakup, Miss Ortiz-Lozano met 30-year-old hotel receptionist Vincente Breso-Biosca on Tinder and went on a date with him in September 2019 to Sprinkles ice cream parlour and the Giddy Bridge pub in Southampton.

But while sat outside the pub, he said his date’s 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.

Ms Maylin showed the jury CCTV images of Ourzat watching the couple as they sat outside the pub and stalking them on their walk home.She said he was ‘hiding in the shadows’ so that they did not see him.

Mr Breso-Biosca 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.

The court heard how he heard Miss Ortiz-Lozano scream so ran inside the house to find her laying on the kitchen floor with Ourzat on top of her with one hand on her throat and one hand grabbing a knife.

Ourzat told police he was stabbed first by Miss Ortiz-Lozano before he killed her.The court heard how he was treated for three stab wounds in his chest and two in his neck at Southampton General Hospital following his arrest.

He denies murder but admits manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

The trial continues.

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