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Cardiff hit-and-run accused charged with murder

31-year-old Matthew Tvrdon appeared in Newport Crown Court via video link, charged with murder and attempted murder following a series of hit-and-run incidents in Cardiff last week.

He stands accused of bringing terror to the streets of Cardiff. Karina Menzies, 32, was killed after being hit by a white van outside Ely fire station. Another 13 people, including her two daughters, were injured over a half-hour hit-and-run spree. Ms Menzies’ brother Craig said that she saved the lives of her daughters, aged 8 and 23 months, by throwing them out of the way of the van.

Matthew Tvrdon is of no fixed abode, was remanded at Newport Crown Court on Tuesday. Two adults who were critically injured are now said to be improving. He will appear for a plea hearing on 28 Janurary.

The full set of 19 charges includes murder, 13 counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and one charge of dangerous driving.

On Sunday, hundreds of people gathered to pay tribute to Karina, with an informal tribute outside the Ely fire station where she was hit. Tarrus Riley’s She’s Royal was played, followed by a minute’s silence.

A special service was also held at the Church of the Resurrection on Grand Avenue, Ely, where a 32-year old man and two schoolgirls were knocked down by the van. The Rev Jan Gould told the church that “This grief has broken the heart of our community”. The parish said its bereavement team would be available to offer support and pastoral care to those in the community affected by the tragic events.

Welsh Secretary David Jones said that “The incidents that took place in Cardiff on Friday were tragic and unprecedented. They have shocked not only the local community, but the whole country.”

South Wales Police are asking for anyone with information to contact 0800 096 0095.

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