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NIKITTA GRENDER CASE: Key stories

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USE these links below to follow our insight into the background of the Nikitta Grender case and coverage of the reaction to killer Carl Whant's terrible crime and his sentence.

NIKITTA CASE: Website use was problem for probe

South Wales Argus: MEDIA SCRUM: Police brief reporters at the scene

5:20pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

POLICE attended the scene of the fire at around 8am on February 5 after Miss Grender’s body was found.

NIKITTA CASE: Journey claims exposed by CCTV

South Wales Argus: CAUGHT: Whant’s car captured on CCTV on the night

4:40pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

The movements of killer Carl Whant were painstakingly pieced together by officers investigating the crime to contradict his version of the fatal night. AILSA CHALK reports.

NIKITTA CASE: Bloodstains could not be explained

South Wales Argus: VEHICLE: The car driven by Carl Whant

4:30pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

OFFICERS visited Whant at home on February 7, 2011, to seize the clothes he was wearing on the evening of February 4.

NIKITTA CASE: Ryan Mayes and killer Whant ‘so close’

South Wales Argus: NIGHT OUT: Ryan Mayes

4:20pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

WHANT and Mr Mayes were less like cousins and more like brothers, but that did not stop Whant murdering the love of Mr Mayes’ life and killing the baby girl he was preparing to welcome into the world.

NIKITTA CASE: Carl Whant's stubborn silence, and then tears

South Wales Argus: INTERVIEWS: Carl Whant with girlfriend Rachel Bird and her son

4:10pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

ON HIS arrest, Whant decided silence was the best way to try to get away with murder.

NIKITTA CASE: Prime suspect Carl Whant was a cocaine user who stole from family and owed hundreds

South Wales Argus: Carl whant arrives at court

4:00pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

The man who raped and murdered mum-to-be Nikitta Grender was a drug user whose habit led him into debt and crime. BEN FRAMPTON profiles fixated killer Carl Whant.

NIKITTA CASE: Heartache in tributes written by loved ones

South Wales Argus: TRIBUTE: Nikitta Grender’s uncle, Michael Brunnock

3:40pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

AT MISS Grender’s funeral her uncle, Michael Brunnock, read a tribute on behalf of her parents.

NIKITTA CASE: ‘Bridges built to assist inquiry’

South Wales Argus: KEY: Supt Dave Johnson

3:30pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

ONE of the major challenges faced by police investigating Miss Grender’s death was building bridges with the community.

NIKITTA CASE: Community shock at death

South Wales Argus: TRAGIC EVENT: Cllr Allan Morris

3:20pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

LLISWERRY councillor Allan Morris said the community came together after the murder. He said: “At the time it had a massive effect on the people of Lliswerry, insofar as people wouldn’t normally realise that the police were on their side. It united the community with a common purpose and a common aim.

NIKITTA CASE: People won’t forget – vicar

South Wales Argus: FAREWELL: Nikitta Grender’s coffin is carried from St Andrew’s Church

3:10pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

THE Rev Helen Hall, vicar of St Andrew’s Church in Wales, led the funeral service for Miss Grender and Kelsey-May.

NIKITTA CASE: Lovely young woman who was ‘over the moon’ at thought of being a mum

South Wales Argus: SWEETHEARTS: Ryan Mayes with his girlfriend Nikitta Grender

3:05pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

Nikitta Grender was just 19 when she was brutally raped and murdered by Carl Whant. AILSA CHALK takes a look at the life of a young woman who loved partying but was delighted at the prospect of becoming a mum.

NIKITTA CASE: Killing led to outpouring of grief

South Wales Argus: SCENES: Floral tributes outside Nikitta Grender’s boarded-up flat

2:50pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

The murder of teen mum-to-be Nikitta Grender devastated the community where she lived and united it in grief. AILSA CHALK reports.

NIKITTA CASE: Facebook’s major role

South Wales Argus: MESSAGE: Ryan Mayes’ floral tribute at Nikitta Grender’s funeral

2:32pm Thursday 23rd February 2012

BEN FRAMPTON reports on how her death sparked thousands of tributes on social networking sites.

NIKITTA TRIAL: Witnesses thanked

South Wales Argus: EMOTIVE CASE: Crown Advocate David Wooler

10:30am Thursday 23rd February 2012

DAVID Wooler, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales praised the hard work done to build the case against Carl Whant.

NIKITTA TRIAL: Twitter first for the Argus

South Wales Argus: Leave your messages of support on twitter using the hashtag #SaveDarlo and view them here.

10:00am Thursday 23rd February 2012

THE Nikitta Grender murder trial marked a first for the South Wales Argus, it was the first court case we have covered throughout on social networking site Twitter.

NIKITTA TRIAL: Sentence longest on chilling list of murders

South Wales Argus: LONGEST JAIL TERM: Det Chief Supt Geoff Ronayne

9:50am Thursday 23rd February 2012

DCS Geoff Ronayne said the minimum 35-year term imposed on Whant’s life sentence was the longest he has seen in his 30-year career with Gwent Police.

NIKITTA TRIAL: No reaction from killer Whant

South Wales Argus: NO REACTION: Carl Whant

9:30am Thursday 23rd February 2012

MURDERER Carl Whant stood impassive in the dock as he was handed a life sentence for the rape and murder of pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender, writes Natalie Crockett.

NIKITTA TRIAL: Grieving relatives are still in total disbelief

South Wales Argus: SUPPORTING EACH OTHER: Nikitta Grender’s parents Paul Brunnock and Marcia Grender and brother Luke Grender leave the court grounds after the family’s statement was read out

9:10am Thursday 23rd February 2012

The family of murdered pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender and the police who investigated her killing welcomed the conviction and the 35-year tariff yesterday.

NIKITTA TRIAL: Nikitta killed by a ‘devious and vain individual’

South Wales Argus: Nikitta Grender

8:40am Thursday 23rd February 2012

The murderer of pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender was dubbed a “calculating, vain and devious individual”

NIKITTA TRIAL: Guilty Carl Whant gets 35 years

South Wales Argus: Carl whant arrives at court

11:52am Wednesday 22nd February 2012

JUDGE John Griffith Williams has imposed a minimum 35-year tariff on Newport murderer Carl Whant.

NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 20: Follow our live blog

South Wales Argus: Nikitta Grender

10:22am Wednesday 22nd February 2012

CARL WHANT FOUND GUILTY ON ALL FOUR COUNTS - FOLLOW our live blog of the Nikitta Grender trial with our reporters sending updates today.

NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 19: Follow our live blog

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10:07am Tuesday 21st February 2012

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NIKITTA TRIAL: Jury due to consider verdict

South Wales Argus: QUESTIONED: Carl Whant

8:46am Tuesday 21st February 2012

JURY members in the trial of the Newport man accused of raping and murdering teenage mum-to-be Nikitta Grender are expected to retire to consider their verdict today.

NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 18: Follow our live blog

South Wales Argus: Nikitta Grender

9:57am Monday 20th February 2012

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NIKITTA TRIAL: Whant ‘made villain of piece’

South Wales Argus: QUESTIONED: Carl Whant

10:12am Monday 20th February 2012

DEFENCE barrister Christopher Kinch QC opened the defence’s closing case on Friday.

NIKITTA TRIAL: Murder accused ‘will say anything’

South Wales Argus: SUMMING UP: Gregg Taylor QC

10:10am Monday 20th February 2012

THE man charged with raping and murdering a mum-to-be “will say anything” to help himself, a court heard on Friday.

NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 17: Follow our live blog

South Wales Argus: Nikitta Grender

9:27am Friday 17th February 2012

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NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 16: Follow our live blog

South Wales Argus: Nikitta Grender

9:28am Thursday 16th February 2012

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NIKITTA TRIAL: ‘Knife was never found’

10:20am Thursday 16th February 2012

BEFORE Whant took the stand yesterday, DS Neil Passmore was recalled to go over evidence.

NIKITTA TRIAL: Accused tells court he took drugs on night out

South Wales Argus: SCENE: The flat where Nikitta Grender died

10:00am Thursday 16th February 2012

WHANT told the jury about his night out in Newport with Mr Mayes and a group of friends as they made their way around pubs, drinking and taking cocaine.

NIKITTA TRIAL: I slept with Nikitta hours before her death - accused

South Wales Argus: QUESTIONED: Carl Whant

9:40am Thursday 16th February 2012

THE man accused of raping and murdering pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender took to the stand yesterday. Carl Whant was giving evidence on the 15th day of his trial at Newport Crown Court.

NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 15: Follow our live blog

9:39am Wednesday 15th February 2012

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NIKITTTA TRIAL: Mum tells court of her last night with daughter

South Wales Argus: STATEMENT READ OUT: Nikitta Grender’s mum Marcia Grender and dad Paul Brunnock

10:40am Tuesday 14th February 2012

JURORS in the Nikitta Grender murder trial heard her mother’s account of the last time she saw her daughter alive yesterday.

NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 14: Follow our live blog

South Wales Argus: Nikitta Grender

10:06am Monday 13th February 2012

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NIKITTA TRIAL: Murder suspect ‘cried at scene’

South Wales Argus: MURDER SCENE: Flowers were left outside the flat in Broadmead Park, Newport where the body of Nikitta Grender was found

10:10am Thursday 9th February 2012

A MAN accused of raping and murdering pregnant Newport teenager Nikitta Grender was crying, upset and angry when he learned she had died, a court heard yesterday.

NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 13: Follow our live blog

South Wales Argus: Nikitta Grender

9:40am Wednesday 8th February 2012

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NIKITTA TRIAL: Friend tells of last evening with Nikitta

South Wales Argus: SPENT EVENING DRIVING: Jenna Allman, who was with Nikitta Grender hours before she was found dead

11:50am Wednesday 8th February 2012

MISS Grender’s friend with whom she spent the evening before her death told the court yesterday the mum-to-be was her normal self that night.

NIKITTA TRIAL: Accused broke down in tears

South Wales Argus: Carl whant arrives at court

11:04am Wednesday 8th February 2012

MURDER accused Carl Whant broke down in tears before his seventh police interview where detectives were quizzing him about the death of pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender, a court heard yesterday.

NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 12: Follow our live blog

South Wales Argus: Nikitta Grender

9:16am Tuesday 7th February 2012

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NIKITTA TRIAL: Whant was 'like a brother' says Ryan Mayes

South Wales Argus: Carl whant arrives at court

11:40am Saturday 4th February 2012

THE MAN accused of raping and murdering Ryan Mayes' pregnant girlfriend was "like a brother" to him, jury members heard yesterday.

NIKITTA TRIAL: Friends give evidence of night before Nikitta's death

11:20am Saturday 4th February 2012

JURY members heard evidence from one of the friends who spent the hours before Nikitta Grender's death with Ryan Mayes and Carl Whant.

NIKITTA TRIAL: Ryan Mayes is cross-examined by defence

10:40am Saturday 4th February 2012

On February 4, 2011, Mr Mayes and Miss Grender had sex before Whant picked him up to go to work.

NIKITTA TRIAL: Boyfriend's love for teen victim

South Wales Argus: Ryan Mayes leaving court yesterday

10:20am Saturday 4th February 2012

THE BOYFRIEND of a pregnant teenager who was found dead in her burnt out flat yesterday told a court they were "over the moon" to be expecting their first child and were happy together.

NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 11: Follow our live blog

South Wales Argus: Nikitta Grender

9:57am Friday 3rd February 2012

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NIKITTA TRIAL: Murder accused 'scratched and bruised'

South Wales Argus: GIVING EVIDENCE: Rachel Bird

12:20pm Friday 3rd February 2012

THE fiancée of a Newport man on trial for the rape and murder of 19-year-old Nikitta Grender gave evidence for the prosecution at his trial yesterday. Ailsa Chalk reports.

NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 10: Follow our live blog

South Wales Argus: Nikitta Grender

9:49am Thursday 2nd February 2012

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NIKKITA TRIAL: Specialist picked out accused’s car

South Wales Argus: EVIDENCE: Matthew Cass, a senior consultant at the Transport Research Laboratory, who helped Gwent Police during the reconstruction of the journey taken by Carl Whant on the night Nikitta Grender was stabbed

9:27am Thursday 2nd February 2012

A SPECIALIST picked out a murder accused’s car on CCTV in three separate reconstructions, a court heard yesterday.

NIKITTA TRIAL DAY 9: Follow our live blog

South Wales Argus: TRAGIC: Nikitta Grender

9:30am Wednesday 1st February 2012

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NIKITTA TRIAL: Police seized 300 CCTV discs to track accused

South Wales Argus: QUESTIONED: Carl Whant

9:50am Wednesday 1st February 2012

OFFICERS investigating the murder of a pregnant Newport teenager seized 300 CCTV discs from 200 shops and businesses, a court heard yesterday.






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