Man accused of murdering Cardiff pedestrian appears at Newport Crown Court
A VAN driver has appeared in Newport Crown Court this morning accused of murdering a mother-of-three and attempting to murder 13 other pedestrians, including seven children, in a hit-and- run rampage.
Matthew Tvrdon, 31, is accused of deliberately driving into parents and young children during 30 minutes of mayhem spread over three miles in Cardiff's Ely and Leckwith districts on Friday afternoon.
Karina Menzies, 31, was killed outside Ely Fire Station by a white Iveco van. She was one of 14 pedestrians, half of them children, hit by the van, which allegedly mounted kerbs deliberately.
Matthew Tvrdon, 31, yesterday faced magistrates in Cardiff, who remanded him in custody until today's appearance via video-link.
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Tvrdon spoke only twice at today’s 15-minute preliminary hearing.
Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley said South Wales Police had been overwhelmed by support 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," he said.
"While a man has been charged, the investigation is still very much ongoing and we still appeal for anyone with information to contact the incident room at Cardiff Central police station."
He said his thoughts remained with Ms Menzies' family, who have been updated with developments and are continuing to receive support.
Eight people injured in the incident remain in hospital — four adults and four children.