2011, Whant was due to spend the evening at home with
his girlfriend once he finished work.
Instead he ended
up in the pub with friend,and second cousin, Ryan Mayes, to
watch the Wales v England rugby game.
several pints, and makes several trips to his car to take
After the game
they go to a house party in Corelli Street.
5th February 2011,
at around 4:30am Whant leaves the party saying he is going
to get cigarettes.
drove, despite the alcohol and cocaine, to his friend Ryan's
house to see Ryan's girlfriend, Nikitta Grender. There he attacked
Nikitta, raped her, and stabbed her, she suffered a stomach
wound which penetrated her unborn baby, a girl she had
already named Kelsey-May. He also stabbed her in the neck,
cutting through the carotid artery.
He then set the
bed alight in an attempt to conceal the murder, firemen said
three separate fires were started on the bed.
He then calmly
returned to the house party.
At 7:30am The fire brigade
were called when a neighbour, who lived in the flat below, saw smoke coming out of the
examination revealed that Nikitta's throat had been slashed
and her abdomen had been stabbed, killing her unborn child.
Forensic scientists said the teenager would have been dead
before the fire was started, which also claimed the life of
her pet dog.
18th January 2012, Trial starts at Newport Crown Court,
Carl Whant of Newport, denies murder, child
destruction, rape and arson.
During the month long trial, the
jury hard from over 50 witnesses. DNA proved that Whant had
sex with Nikitta prior to her death, he also had scratch
marks on him, his DNA was found under her fingernails. Blood
on one of his shirt's and in his car were also identified as
belonging to Nikitta.
Also, CCTV footage showed his
car heading towards to and from the city centre.
February 2012, 11:50am Jury retires to consider verdict.
22nd February 2012, Jury returns a unanimous guilty verdict.
Whant seemed to
yawn as the 4 unanimous guilty verdicts were read out.
Mr. Justice Griffith Williams, sentenced Whant to life
imprisonment, with a recommendation for a minimum 35 years.
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