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Man in court over Nikitta Grender murder

The alleged murderer of mother-to-be Nikitta Grender appeared in court for the first time today charged with the killing.

Carl Whant, 26, of Bettws, Newport, south Wales, was charged with the murder of the heavily pregnant 19-year-old on Saturday.

The former soldier, who worked as a night club bouncer, is also charged with a separate offence of child destruction.

Whant is the second cousin of the victim's boyfriend, Ryan Mayes, 18, the father of the unborn baby girl, who had already been named Kelsey-May.

Miss Grender was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of her burnt out flat in Broadmead Park, Liswerry, Newport, on February 5.

Whant was arrested four days after the murder and questioned by Gwent Police for more than three days before being charged.

He appeared today at a brief one-minute hearing at Caerphilly Magistrates' Court where there was a large police presence outside.

Inside the packed court, an unshaven Whant looked pale and dishevelled, wearing a blue "hoody" top and dark trousers.

He spoke only to confirm his name and age. He appeared not to understand his address when asked and was officially listed as being of no fixed address.

He was remanded in custody to appear at an unspecified Crown Court on Wednesday.