Nikitta Grender’s pal gets three years' jail for Newport arson

South Wales Argus: JAILED: Luke Morgan JAILED: Luke Morgan

THE best friend of murdered teenager Nikitta Grender was jailed for three years today after admitting setting fire to his mother's house in Lliswerry, Newport.

Judge David Wynn Morgan sentenced Luke Morgan, at Cardiff Crown Court this morning.

In January this year Luke Morgan, 22, of Broadmead Park, Newport, admitted arson, being reckless as to whether life could have been endangered at his mother’s home in October 2012.

Morgan said he set fire to the house because was so upset after Nikitta's death.

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11:03am Wed 12 Jun 13

Markbusa says...

No excuses for burning your mums house.
No excuses for burning your mums house. Markbusa

12:26pm Wed 12 Jun 13

jueweb says...

Idiot! probably used that excuse in the hope he would get off lightly.
Idiot! probably used that excuse in the hope he would get off lightly. jueweb

2:50pm Wed 12 Jun 13

white white says...

He did get off lightly .but in wondering
If he would go to the same prison as the murderer of his friend. When reading the Argus website yesterday
I wondered if his legal team were hoping for a suspended sentence due to his illness
He did get off lightly .but in wondering If he would go to the same prison as the murderer of his friend. When reading the Argus website yesterday I wondered if his legal team were hoping for a suspended sentence due to his illness white white

3:38pm Wed 12 Jun 13

WELSH BUDDAH says...

jueweb wrote:
Idiot! probably used that excuse in the hope he would get off lightly.
LMAO I LOVE STRAIGHT TALKING AND 100% CORRECT.
[quote][p][bold]jueweb[/bold] wrote: Idiot! probably used that excuse in the hope he would get off lightly.[/p][/quote]LMAO I LOVE STRAIGHT TALKING AND 100% CORRECT. WELSH BUDDAH

5:42pm Wed 12 Jun 13

YHM_88 says...

jueweb wrote:
Idiot! probably used that excuse in the hope he would get off lightly.
How much a of an idiot can you be?!

I've known Luke, for years & this was NOT the case. Loosing Nikita played hell with Luke's Mental state.

You're truly a sick individual to even think this.
[quote][p][bold]jueweb[/bold] wrote: Idiot! probably used that excuse in the hope he would get off lightly.[/p][/quote]How much a of an idiot can you be?! I've known Luke, for years & this was NOT the case. Loosing Nikita played hell with Luke's Mental state. You're truly a sick individual to even think this. YHM_88

5:42pm Wed 12 Jun 13

YHM_88 says...

WELSH BUDDAH wrote:
jueweb wrote:
Idiot! probably used that excuse in the hope he would get off lightly.
LMAO I LOVE STRAIGHT TALKING AND 100% CORRECT.
You too couldn't be further from the truth. Fool
[quote][p][bold]WELSH BUDDAH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jueweb[/bold] wrote: Idiot! probably used that excuse in the hope he would get off lightly.[/p][/quote]LMAO I LOVE STRAIGHT TALKING AND 100% CORRECT.[/p][/quote]You too couldn't be further from the truth. Fool YHM_88

5:43pm Wed 12 Jun 13

annom86 says...

still not what he should have got lives could have been taken. if he used the excuse a few weeks or couple of months after that girls death then maybe its been a while now he carried on living his life came back froom a night out must of been on a come down from drugs
still not what he should have got lives could have been taken. if he used the excuse a few weeks or couple of months after that girls death then maybe its been a while now he carried on living his life came back froom a night out must of been on a come down from drugs annom86

5:51pm Wed 12 Jun 13

YHM_88 says...

annom86 wrote:
still not what he should have got lives could have been taken. if he used the excuse a few weeks or couple of months after that girls death then maybe its been a while now he carried on living his life came back froom a night out must of been on a come down from drugs
Luke was messed up over this for ages. He's been in prison for over a year now so don't assume until you know the facts.
[quote][p][bold]annom86[/bold] wrote: still not what he should have got lives could have been taken. if he used the excuse a few weeks or couple of months after that girls death then maybe its been a while now he carried on living his life came back froom a night out must of been on a come down from drugs[/p][/quote]Luke was messed up over this for ages. He's been in prison for over a year now so don't assume until you know the facts. YHM_88

7:18pm Wed 12 Jun 13

let em swing says...

Should be made to work free with the fire brigade when he gets out, might stop him torching something else when he gets upset.
Should be made to work free with the fire brigade when he gets out, might stop him torching something else when he gets upset. let em swing

7:33pm Wed 12 Jun 13

scraptheWAG says...

is this a trend with the unemployed setting fire to your house
is this a trend with the unemployed setting fire to your house scraptheWAG

8:32pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Templar05 says...

My Son lost his best friend to suicide , girlfriend died of cancer , was viciously attacked by low lifes , lost 2 of his kidneys and his Grandmother died . This has all happened to him in the past 3 years and he has commited no crimes ... And he also lost his job and was denied disability all this at 22 years old ....truly ! What's this persons reason ? I guess my Son is a true hero and inspiration !
My Son lost his best friend to suicide , girlfriend died of cancer , was viciously attacked by low lifes , lost 2 of his kidneys and his Grandmother died . This has all happened to him in the past 3 years and he has commited no crimes ... And he also lost his job and was denied disability all this at 22 years old ....truly ! What's this persons reason ? I guess my Son is a true hero and inspiration ! Templar05

9:56pm Wed 12 Jun 13

jokeport says...

YHM_88 wrote:
jueweb wrote:
Idiot! probably used that excuse in the hope he would get off lightly.
How much a of an idiot can you be?!

I've known Luke, for years & this was NOT the case. Loosing Nikita played hell with Luke's Mental state.

You're truly a sick individual to even think this.
WELL HE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO COUNCILLING! SIMPLE!! I WOULDNT DARE TO START FIRE TO MY MUMS HOUSE..

NO EXCUSE WHAT SO EVER!

WELL DONE TO THE JUDGE.
[quote][p][bold]YHM_88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jueweb[/bold] wrote: Idiot! probably used that excuse in the hope he would get off lightly.[/p][/quote]How much a of an idiot can you be?! I've known Luke, for years & this was NOT the case. Loosing Nikita played hell with Luke's Mental state. You're truly a sick individual to even think this.[/p][/quote]WELL HE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO COUNCILLING! SIMPLE!! I WOULDNT DARE TO START FIRE TO MY MUMS HOUSE.. NO EXCUSE WHAT SO EVER! WELL DONE TO THE JUDGE. jokeport

9:58pm Wed 12 Jun 13

jokeport says...

Templar05 wrote:
My Son lost his best friend to suicide , girlfriend died of cancer , was viciously attacked by low lifes , lost 2 of his kidneys and his Grandmother died . This has all happened to him in the past 3 years and he has commited no crimes ... And he also lost his job and was denied disability all this at 22 years old ....truly ! What's this persons reason ? I guess my Son is a true hero and inspiration !
he sounds like a really decent person! not many of them left in the world at the moment. He gives inspiration to others that are going through a rough time, at least he didnt try to take the cowards way out. Fair play to your son! x
[quote][p][bold]Templar05[/bold] wrote: My Son lost his best friend to suicide , girlfriend died of cancer , was viciously attacked by low lifes , lost 2 of his kidneys and his Grandmother died . This has all happened to him in the past 3 years and he has commited no crimes ... And he also lost his job and was denied disability all this at 22 years old ....truly ! What's this persons reason ? I guess my Son is a true hero and inspiration ![/p][/quote]he sounds like a really decent person! not many of them left in the world at the moment. He gives inspiration to others that are going through a rough time, at least he didnt try to take the cowards way out. Fair play to your son! x jokeport

12:17pm Thu 13 Jun 13

Ljt7271 says...

Luke not only lost his best friend in a murder, he has suffered a lot of personal things in his life that have affected his mental state! Luke is a very kind, caring and sensitive person! If any of u lot actually knew his past history u might understand why he acted as he did! He has never set out to hurt anyone other than himself! He needs help, which he was getting. Jail is def not the answer for him! I was actually at the court, all psych reports urged community orders but probation, who saw him in Jan to assess him went against that!
Luke not only lost his best friend in a murder, he has suffered a lot of personal things in his life that have affected his mental state! Luke is a very kind, caring and sensitive person! If any of u lot actually knew his past history u might understand why he acted as he did! He has never set out to hurt anyone other than himself! He needs help, which he was getting. Jail is def not the answer for him! I was actually at the court, all psych reports urged community orders but probation, who saw him in Jan to assess him went against that! Ljt7271

12:24pm Thu 13 Jun 13

jueweb says...

Ljt7271 wrote:
Luke not only lost his best friend in a murder, he has suffered a lot of personal things in his life that have affected his mental state! Luke is a very kind, caring and sensitive person! If any of u lot actually knew his past history u might understand why he acted as he did! He has never set out to hurt anyone other than himself! He needs help, which he was getting. Jail is def not the answer for him! I was actually at the court, all psych reports urged community orders but probation, who saw him in Jan to assess him went against that!
Thank goodness for the probation service!!
[quote][p][bold]Ljt7271[/bold] wrote: Luke not only lost his best friend in a murder, he has suffered a lot of personal things in his life that have affected his mental state! Luke is a very kind, caring and sensitive person! If any of u lot actually knew his past history u might understand why he acted as he did! He has never set out to hurt anyone other than himself! He needs help, which he was getting. Jail is def not the answer for him! I was actually at the court, all psych reports urged community orders but probation, who saw him in Jan to assess him went against that![/p][/quote]Thank goodness for the probation service!! jueweb

2:07pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Ljt7271 says...

U lot commenting on hear do not know Luke and his life history! He is a young man with mental health issues due to things that have happened in his life! He's only 23! If u knew his life history and some of the things he's faced (not just his friends murder) then u might be more sympathetic! Luke is not a danger! He needs support which he was getting! Even the judge agreed until probation spoke up! Luke has family and friends who are already upset and then they have to tread things written by people who don't know Luke, don't know the while story, and only know wot they've read in this newspaper! His family fully support him, even his mum who's house he burned! Think about their feelings b4 commenting on things u don't know all the facts about!
U lot commenting on hear do not know Luke and his life history! He is a young man with mental health issues due to things that have happened in his life! He's only 23! If u knew his life history and some of the things he's faced (not just his friends murder) then u might be more sympathetic! Luke is not a danger! He needs support which he was getting! Even the judge agreed until probation spoke up! Luke has family and friends who are already upset and then they have to tread things written by people who don't know Luke, don't know the while story, and only know wot they've read in this newspaper! His family fully support him, even his mum who's house he burned! Think about their feelings b4 commenting on things u don't know all the facts about! Ljt7271

10:33pm Sat 15 Jun 13

welshdai says...

I read the full article in Argus and then comments on here,i do not think Luke should be in Jail,i think community sentence would have be better for him

Probation say they did not have the time to give Luke the support he need,which is a cop out ,if was always to return to community where he would have family and friends round him,it might have help him,
I read the full article in Argus and then comments on here,i do not think Luke should be in Jail,i think community sentence would have be better for him Probation say they did not have the time to give Luke the support he need,which is a cop out ,if was always to return to community where he would have family and friends round him,it might have help him, welshdai

7:21am Tue 18 Jun 13

Dai Rear says...

If everyone who was upset burned a house there'd be a lot of dead people. Don't know the area but for some reason I'm guessing it was public housing and that mam hadn't worked all her life to buy it.......
If everyone who was upset burned a house there'd be a lot of dead people. Don't know the area but for some reason I'm guessing it was public housing and that mam hadn't worked all her life to buy it....... Dai Rear

11:25am Tue 18 Jun 13

jueweb says...

Dai Rear wrote:
If everyone who was upset burned a house there'd be a lot of dead people. Don't know the area but for some reason I'm guessing it was public housing and that mam hadn't worked all her life to buy it.......
You guessed right!....
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: If everyone who was upset burned a house there'd be a lot of dead people. Don't know the area but for some reason I'm guessing it was public housing and that mam hadn't worked all her life to buy it.......[/p][/quote]You guessed right!.... jueweb

11:45am Tue 18 Jun 13

katherineW1981 says...

Oh my god i cannot believe what i am reading, god forbid any of you have to deal with some of the things Luke has had to deal with. Not saying what he did is right but i no what its like to feel desperate. You all sneering at the fact he lived in public housing as if it makes a difference to how desperate Luke must have felt to set fire to the house hoping to kill himself.
Oh my god i cannot believe what i am reading, god forbid any of you have to deal with some of the things Luke has had to deal with. Not saying what he did is right but i no what its like to feel desperate. You all sneering at the fact he lived in public housing as if it makes a difference to how desperate Luke must have felt to set fire to the house hoping to kill himself. katherineW1981

11:59am Tue 18 Jun 13

Dai Rear says...

katherineW1981 wrote:
Oh my god i cannot believe what i am reading, god forbid any of you have to deal with some of the things Luke has had to deal with. Not saying what he did is right but i no what its like to feel desperate. You all sneering at the fact he lived in public housing as if it makes a difference to how desperate Luke must have felt to set fire to the house hoping to kill himself.
Well there you go. Many people (myself included) have sufferred severe mental illness. We are not bad people so we burnt no one else's property. He is a bad person, which is why he's in gaol. Get over it.
[quote][p][bold]katherineW1981[/bold] wrote: Oh my god i cannot believe what i am reading, god forbid any of you have to deal with some of the things Luke has had to deal with. Not saying what he did is right but i no what its like to feel desperate. You all sneering at the fact he lived in public housing as if it makes a difference to how desperate Luke must have felt to set fire to the house hoping to kill himself.[/p][/quote]Well there you go. Many people (myself included) have sufferred severe mental illness. We are not bad people so we burnt no one else's property. He is a bad person, which is why he's in gaol. Get over it. Dai Rear

9:44pm Tue 18 Jun 13

Teacher1977 says...

Poor Luke. Sad to hear that he's been sent away. It's not going to help and will probably just make things worse.
Poor Luke. Sad to hear that he's been sent away. It's not going to help and will probably just make things worse. Teacher1977

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