Carl Whant, who raped and murdered Nikitta Grender, has failed in his appeal to get his sentence reduced

Nikitta killer fails in bid to get sentence cut

Carl Whant

Nikitta Grender

First published in News South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

MURDERER Carl Whant, who raped and killed his cousin’s pregnant girlfriend before setting her house on fire today failed in his bid to get his sentence reduced.

Top judges sitting in London’s Court of Appeal branded him as "plainly a very dangerous man".

The former bouncer, 28, was jailed for a minimum of 35 years in February after a jury found him guilty of stabbing heavily pregnant Nikitta Grender, 19, in her Broadmead Park home on February 5, 2010, also killing her unborn daughter Kelsey-May.

Whant, formerly of Bettws, Newport, took a knife to her throat and stomach before setting her bed on fire. He then took a bouquet of flowers to her heart-broken family’s home. He was convicted of rape, murder, child destruction and arson after a month-long trial.

Today Whant asked Lord Justice Pitchford, Mr Justice Hickinbottom and Judge Guy Boney QC, to reduce the minimum term of his sentence on appeal.

The court heard the former window salesman was high on cocaine on the night of the killing, which happened in the flat Miss Grender shared with her boyfriend – and Whant’s cousin - Ryan Mayes, 19.

Whant had raped her at knifepoint then murdered her when she made it clear she was going to report him, Lord Justice Pitchford said.

Lawyers for Whant argued that the crown court judge Mr Justice Griffith Williams had wrongly imposed too high a minimum term by taking the killing of Miss Grender’s unborn baby into account as an aggravating factor.

Rejecting those submissions, Lord Justice Pitchford said: "He killed his victim because she was a witness to the rape he had just committed. The offence was further aggravated by the fact that he killed her unborn child and attempted to dispose of the evidence by fire.

"It is simply unarguable that the killing of the unborn child was somehow part and parcel of the sexual element which led to the killing.

"The appalling facts allowed the judge to impose a minimum term substantially above 30 years. He is plainly a very dangerous man. It is impossible to argue that this minimum term is manifestly excessive," the judge concluded.

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5:07pm Thu 1 Nov 12

monkeytennisboy says...

Die in prison you filthy scumbag.
Die in prison you filthy scumbag. monkeytennisboy
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5:19pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Howie' says...

monkeytennisboy wrote:
Die in prison you filthy scumbag.
I hope he does.
[quote][p][bold]monkeytennisboy[/bold] wrote: Die in prison you filthy scumbag.[/p][/quote]I hope he does. Howie'
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7:33pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Riley2012 says...

It is unbelievable scum like this ( which he should have been in front of a firing squad), should have the neck for his prison sentence to be reduced, i would prefer he was set alight, just like he done to the poor mother and unborn child, just serious pond life that all he is end of.
It is unbelievable scum like this ( which he should have been in front of a firing squad), should have the neck for his prison sentence to be reduced, i would prefer he was set alight, just like he done to the poor mother and unborn child, just serious pond life that all he is end of. Riley2012
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7:41pm Thu 1 Nov 12

monkeytennisboy says...

Keeping this maggot inside for 35 years will cost well in excess of £1 million, what point does it serve, he gets released at 63 to retire on benefits, and be an even bigger drain on resources having never paid into it, there is no sensible reason to keep him alive apart from the senseless crying of the bleeding heart liberal brigade, who have all the answers but no idea of the costs of their ridiculous policies.
Keeping this maggot inside for 35 years will cost well in excess of £1 million, what point does it serve, he gets released at 63 to retire on benefits, and be an even bigger drain on resources having never paid into it, there is no sensible reason to keep him alive apart from the senseless crying of the bleeding heart liberal brigade, who have all the answers but no idea of the costs of their ridiculous policies. monkeytennisboy
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8:01pm Thu 1 Nov 12

jimmysmith says...

its scum like this .that are good arguments for bringing the death penalty back .i hope you die in prison whant
its scum like this .that are good arguments for bringing the death penalty back .i hope you die in prison whant jimmysmith
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9:16pm Thu 1 Nov 12

chusan01 says...

Agree with monkeytennisboy earlier today
Agree with monkeytennisboy earlier today chusan01
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9:17pm Thu 1 Nov 12

ianzemma says...

bring back hanging! a life for a life
bring back hanging! a life for a life ianzemma
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11:41pm Thu 1 Nov 12

lisajo says...

Scumbag! The family should be allowed to let loose on this scum...Prison is too good for him.
Scumbag! The family should be allowed to let loose on this scum...Prison is too good for him. lisajo
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1:20am Fri 2 Nov 12

cwmbrancarter says...

The law needs changing.
The law needs changing. cwmbrancarter
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12:25pm Fri 2 Nov 12

rightsideup says...

His sentence should be doubled.Only his lawyers have gained from this appeal.
His sentence should be doubled.Only his lawyers have gained from this appeal. rightsideup
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