Ely murder investigation: Man charged

21/10/2012

A 31-year-old man has been charged with 19 offences relating to road traffic incidents around Cardiff on Friday, October 19.

Catrin Evans, Head of Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service, Wales said:

"The events of Friday afternoon have touched a significant number of people from communities around Cardiff and our thoughts are with all those affected.

"South Wales Police's investigation into the circumstances surrounding what happened on Friday is complex and ongoing.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has been offering legal guidance and advice to the police since Friday evening. Our role at this stage is to review the evidence gathered so far and advise the police in respect of criminal charges.

"I can now confirm that a thorough review of the evidence available at this point has led us to conclude that there is sufficient evidence to charge Matthew Tvrdon with one count of murder, thirteen counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of dangerous driving.

"We also concluded that it is in the public interest to charge the defendant with these offences.

"Accordingly, South Wales Police have charged Matthew Tvrdon and he will appear before Cardiff Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.


"With legal proceedings now underway, I would like to stress that the defendant retains the right to a fair trial. It is important that the criminal justice process is allowed to run its course without hindrance and I would therefore ask that nothing is placed in the public domain that may undermine this."

South Wales Police Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, said:

"South Wales Police has been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the community.

"We wish to express our sincere thanks to the many people who have come forward to give information, provide witness accounts, and offer both CCTV and mobile phone footage of Friday's traumatic and tragic events.

"While a man has been charged, the investigation is still very much on-going and we are still appeal for anyone with information to contact the incident room at Cardiff Central Police Station.

"Our thoughts this evening, as they have been all weekend, are with the family of Karina Menzies. They have been updated with tonight's developments and we continue to support them."


Notes:

The legislation under which today's charges have been laid is as follows:

  • Murder, contrary to common law
  • Attempted murder, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981
  • Assault occasioning actual bodily harm, contrary to section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861
  • Dangerous driving, contrary to section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.