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Cardiff hit-and-run: No murder trial for driver Matthew Tvrdon

Karina Menzies
Image caption Karina Menzies was killed during the hit-and-run incidents in Cardiff last October

The man accused of being responsible for a series of hit-and-run incidents in Cardiff last year will not face a trial for murder, the BBC understands.

Matthew Tvrdon has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and will be sentenced on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old of no fixed abode also pleaded guilty to seven counts of attempted murder last month.

Karina Menzies was killed and 13 others were injured during the hit-and-runs.

Seven children were among those hurt when Mr Tvrdon, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, drove his van into them at five separate locations in Cardiff during the course of half an hour on 19 October 2012.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and guilty of seven counts of attempted murder at a hearing last month.

Mr Tvrdon also pleaded not guilty to murder and another six counts of attempted murder.

During the hearing, prosecutors said they would consult the victims' families before deciding whether or not to press ahead with a murder trial.

The BBC understands that following that consultation the decision has been made not to put Mr Tvrdon on trial for the murder of Ms Menzies, 31, but to accept that plea of guilty to her manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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