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Statements after Cardiff hit-and-run sentencing

A hit-and-run driver killed a mother-of-three after deliberately setting out to knock over her and her children like "skittles", Cardiff Crown Court heard.

Matthew Tvrdon, 32, drove his van on a "journey of mayhem" for eight miles over 30 minutes on 19 October 2012.

Karina Menzies, 31, died and 17 others were hurt at five locations in Cardiff.

Tvrdon, who has paranoid schizophrenia, has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and seven counts of attempted murder.

He will be sentenced on Thursday.

On the steps of Cardiff Crown Court, Karina's sister Samantha, Det Ch Insp Ceri Hughes, the investigating officer, and Grenville Barker of the Crown Prosecution Service gave their reaction to the case.

  • 05 Jun 2013
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