Nikitta Grender Murder Trial Date Set

Nikitta Grender

Nikitta Grender

A provisional date has been set for the trial of the man who is charged with murdering pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender in Newport.

Carl Whant, 26, from Newport, is also facing a charge of child destruction before Cardiff Crown Court.

The body of 19-year-old Ms Grender, who was heavily pregnant and just two weeks from giving birth, was found in her burning flat in Liswerry, Newport on 5 February.

Police later found out that the body had been repeatedly stabbed, leading to their belief that this was a murder case.

Carl Whant has now appeared before a high court judge in Cardiff. It is expected he will stand trial for the murder at the start of October.

Judge Mr Justice Griffith Williams remanded Mr Whant in custody until a plea and case management hearing on Friday 13 May.

At the end of the hearing, the judge told the court that the trial would be the start of the Michaelmas term. He added that it is a “very provisional date”. This was interpreted to mean the start of October.

On Monday, Whant appeared before magistrates in Caerphilly in a short, one-minute hearing and was subsequently remanded in custody.

The nightclub bouncer was arrested last Wednesday and then charged for the murder late on Saturday night.

He is the second cousin of Nikitta’s boyfriend, Ryan Mayes, 18. Mayes was the father of her unborn baby, who they had already decided to name Kelsey-May.

Mr Mayes and other family members looked on from the court’s public gallery.

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