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Hit-and-run killer thought his food had been spiked

by Richard Pallot - ITV News Correspondent

A court in Cardiff is hearing how defendant Matthew Tvrdon told police he thought something might have put in his food which caused him to drive so erratically and target five separate families.

Mourners place flowers ahead of a tribute held for Karina Menzies, 32, who died in the incidents
Mourners place flowers ahead of a tribute held for Karina Menzies, 32, who died in the incidents Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

He also claimed in police interviews that he was merely trying to drive the van to somewhere quiet so he could get some sleep.

Doctors have agreed he was suffering from a mental condition known as "gas lighting". The defendant himself says he was aware of suffering from the condition, which he researched on his own computer.

Cardiff hit-and-run driver 'did not intend to kill children'

by Richard Pallot - ITV News Correspondent

Cardiff Crown Court has heard how a man who went on a hit-and-run rampage through the city last year did not intend to kill any children, although he targeted five different families.

Matthew Tvrdon, 31, is due to be sentenced later today after pleading guilty to one count of manslaughter by diminished responsibility, and a slew of other charges.

The court heard how all of those hurt in the incidents were strangers to the defendant, and were in places where they should have been safe.

Hit-and-run killer to be sentenced after van rampage

A van driver, who admitted running down and killing a mother-of-three in a hit-and-run frenzy in which 13 other people were injured, is to be sentenced today.

Mother-of-three Karina Menzies died in Cardiff last year. Credit: Family Handout /South Wales Police

Paranoid schizophrenic Matthew Tvrdon admitted the manslaughter of Karina Menzies through diminished responsibility last month after denying the murder of the 31-year-old. He is to be sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court.

Tvdron mowed down parents and children during a hit-and-run rampage in Cardiff last year.

In a dramatic final act, Ms Menzies managed to throw her two daughters to safety but was unable to save herself.

In addition to manslaughter, Tvrdon has also admitted seven counts of attempted murder, two of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and two of attempted GBH

He has also pleaded guilty to four counts of causing actual bodily harm and one of dangerous driving

Funeral for hit-and-run mother who 'saved children'

A mother who was killed in a hit-and-run rampage which injured 13 other pedestrians will be buried today.

The funeral of Karina Menzies will take place today Credit: Family / South Wales Police

Karina Menzies, 31, was killed outside Ely fire station in Cardiff, south Wales by a white Iveco van which allegedly deliberately targeted young families.

In a dramatic final act, the heroic mother managed to throw her two daughters to safety but was unable to save herself.

Hundreds shared their grief at a poignant prayer service at the Church of the Resurrection in Ely on the weekend following the attack.

The funeral service for Ms Menzies will take place at the same community church today.

Roads around the church will be cordoned off to accommodate the large numbers of mourners who are expected to attend.

Following the service there will be a private burial service for family and friends at the Western Cemetery, in Ely, Cardiff.

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Brother: Mum pushed her children away from hit-and-run van before she was killed

It has emerged that the mother who was mown down and killed in Friday's hit-and-run rampage in Cardiff saved the life of her children before she died.

Her brother said Karina Menzies, 32, was walking outside the fire station on Cowbridge Road West in Ely with her children when a white van was driven straight at them.

Ms Menzies bravely threw her children out of the way, her brother Craig Menzies told Radio 5 Live.

"He went through the traffic, aimed for them and then just hit them head on," said Mr Menzie.

He added: "She just screamed and threw them out of the way as much as she could.

"He still clipped them but she took it head-on. She saved their lives."

Two of the injured adults were in a critical condition and five children were also receiving treatment.

Tears and flowers as mourners pay tribute to Cardiff's victims

Craig Menzies after a tribute held by the local community for his sister Karina Menzies who was killed. Credit: im Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Mourners place flowers ahead of a tribute outside the Fire Station in Ely, Cardiff, for Karina Menzies. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Mourners during a tribute held by the local community outside the Fire Station. Credit: im Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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