Matthew Tvrdon detained indefinitely for Cardiff hit-and-runs

06/06/2013

A van driver who killed one person and injured 17 others in a series of hit-and-runs around Cardiff last October has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

Matthew Tvrdon had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, seven counts of attempted murder as well as a number of other offences of violence.

Grenville Barker, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales Complex Casework Unit, said:

"The distressing incidents of 19 October last year led to the tragic death of Karina Menzies, as well as life threatening and life changing injuries for a number of others.

"The events of that afternoon were also extremely traumatic for the large number of people who witnessed them unfolding on the streets of Cardiff, during a busy time when parents were collecting their children from school.

"On 24 May this year at Cardiff Crown Court, Matthew Tvrdon entered guilty pleas to a number of offences, including one charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and seven charges of attempted murder, as well as a number of other offences of violence.

"The Crown Prosecution Service carefully considered these pleas in the light of all available evidence, which included expert psychiatric reports commissioned by the prosecution as well as the defence. 

"This was a sensitive and complex decision and the evidence was considered by a number of senior lawyers, including experienced Queen's Counsel. We offered to discuss these developments with all of the families affected by the attacks, and did so with those who wished to be consulted.

"We concluded that the guilty pleas, which mean Tvrdon has admitted to criminal offences in relation to all 18 victims, reflected the totality of the available evidence.

"Those affected by the events of 19 October have shown great dignity throughout the ensuing criminal justice process. I would like to thank them, and indeed the wider Ely community, for the manner in which they have supported the prosecution of this case.

"Many are still dealing with the physical and emotional effects of what happened last October. Our thoughts are with them as they continue the rehabilitation process and we hope that today's developments in the case will assist them."

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Notes to editors

In the immediate aftermath of the events of 19 October 2012, Matthew Tvrdon was charged with one count of murder, thirteen counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of dangerous driving. Further alternate charges were later added to the indictment.

He pleaded guilty to:

  • One count of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility contrary to section 2 of the  Homicide Act 1957 (amended by Coroners and Justice Act 2009)
  • Seven counts of attempted murder, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal attempts Act 1981
  • Two counts count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861
  • Two counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981
  • Five counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, contrary to section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861
  • One count of assault by beating, contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988
  • One count of dangerous driving contrary to section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988