Murdered Newport teen Nikitta Grender's flat to be demolished

South Wales Argus: BLAZE SCENE: Nikitta Grender's flat on Broadmead Park, Lliswerry BLAZE SCENE: Nikitta Grender's flat on Broadmead Park, Lliswerry

AN APPLICATION has been submitted to demolish the former home of murdered Newport teenager Nikitta Grender, where she was found dead in 2011.

The application, submitted by Newport City Homes last week, proposes to demolish two flats, numbers 50 and 51, in Broadmead Park, Lliswerry.

Stating the reason for demolition, the application reads: “Number 51 Broadmead Park has been damaged by fire which resulted in a death. As an organisation we have chosen to demolish.”

The body of Nikitta Grender, who was eight months pregnant, was found at the flat in Broadmead Park, Lliswerry, by fire crews on February 5, 2011. She had been brutally murdered by her boyfriend’s cousin, Carl Whant.

On February 22, 2012, Carl Whant, of Newport, was convicted of murder, rape, child destruction and arson and jailed for a minimum of 35 years.

He had raped and stabbed 19-year-old Miss Grender at her home, also killing her unborn daughter and then set fire to the Newport flat before returning to a party where he had been with her boyfriend, Ryan Mayes.

Allan Morris, councillor for Lliswerry, said the decision to demolish and been a long and complicated one but he believed the right choice had been made.

He said: “I fully support the decision.

“I applaud Newport City Homes for the way they have gone about this. It’s been a difficult time but the decision respects the wishes of Nikitta’s family and hopefully now the area can move on.”

Miss Grender’s death sparked an outpouring of grief in the Lliswerry community and the rest of the city. Dozens of floral tributes and soft toys were laid along the fence outside, but the boarded-up flat is a constant reminder of what happened.

The demolition application goes on to suggest future plans for the site may be to erect a two storey house, however full plans are not confirmed at this stage.

The form states the expected time frame for the demolition to take place, to be between April and July this year.

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11:23am Mon 20 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Good news for the families concerned I hope the flats are gone
Good news for the families concerned I hope the flats are gone Jonnytrouble

1:33pm Mon 20 Jan 14

UpThePort66 says...

I live about 50 yards from this flat & i walk past it everyday & i can tell you its not nice knowing what that poor girl went thru in that place so i for one will be glad to see the back of it.. But Nikitta's memory will never leave this place .

R.I.P
I live about 50 yards from this flat & i walk past it everyday & i can tell you its not nice knowing what that poor girl went thru in that place so i for one will be glad to see the back of it.. But Nikitta's memory will never leave this place . R.I.P UpThePort66

3:34pm Mon 20 Jan 14

rightsideup says...

Why has it taken this long to reach this decision?.
Why has it taken this long to reach this decision?. rightsideup

4:04pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

rightsideup wrote:
Why has it taken this long to reach this decision?.
Money, insurance,a waiting game for approval ? don't forget it belonged to Newport City homes and I HOPE that they will/or have consolidate with Nikitta's family as to what to do with the ground once that building is flattened and then abide with there wishes !
[quote][p][bold]rightsideup[/bold] wrote: Why has it taken this long to reach this decision?.[/p][/quote]Money, insurance,a waiting game for approval ? don't forget it belonged to Newport City homes and I HOPE that they will/or have consolidate with Nikitta's family as to what to do with the ground once that building is flattened and then abide with there wishes ! Jonnytrouble

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