Carl Whant charged with murder of Nikitta Grender

13/02/2011

The 26 year old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of Nikitta Grender has now been charged.

Stacey Turner, District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Gwent, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely alongside Gwent police as the investigation into Nikitta Grender's murder progressed.

"We can now confirm that, having carefully examined a file of evidence provided by Gwent police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Carl Whant with the murder of Nikitta Grender and that it is in the public interest to do so. Accordingly, we have advised Gwent police to charge him.

"Offences relating to unborn children fall outside the scope of murder legislation. Therefore in respect of Nikitta Grender's unborn child, we have also advised Gwent police to charge Carl Whant with the offence of child destruction under the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929.

"The defendant will appear at Caerphilly  Magistrates' Court on Monday 14 February at 10 am.

"This remains a very difficult time for Nikitta's family. They have been informed of our decision by the police and we hope to be able to meet with them soon to explain the trial process and answer any questions they may have."

"Carl Whant now stands charged with two extremely serious criminal offences and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be published that could prejudice his trial."

Detective Superintendent Geoff Ronayne, Senior Investigating Officer for Gwent Police said:

"Following the discovery of Nikitta Grender's body at her address last Saturday morning (February 5th) in Broadmead Park,  Gwent Police began an investigation into her murder and a 26 year old man from the Newport area was arrested . A file of evidence has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. Our  thoughts and condolences remain with Nikitta and Kelsey-May's family at this time and we will continue to provide them with support for the foreseeable future."

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 1.            Information on the legal definitions for murder offences can be found at: http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/h_to_k/homicide_murder_and_manslaughter/

 2.            The offence of child destruction falls under Section 1 of Infant Life (Preservation) Act, which prohibits the killing of any child capable of being born alive. Further details can be found at:  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo5/19-20/34/contents