The man accused of Cardiff’s white van rampage on Friday appeared in court today charged with murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.
Matthew Tvrdon, 31, who gave his address as no fixed abode, was remanded in custody and will appear in Newport Crown Court tomorrow by videolink.
It was confirmed today that the two people still critically ill at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, following the hit and runs are improving, and that one adult victim and one child victim have been discharged. Three adults and three children are still being treated.
Tvrdon was initially led into court with his hands cuffed behind his back and was described as unshaven, wearing a navy blue sweater and with closely-cropped dark hair.
He looked relaxed as he was released from his handcuffs and brought into the courtroom.
He spoke with a soft Cardiff accent as he confirmed his date of birth as November 13, 1980.
Asked to confirm his address, he said: “Unfortunately, at the moment I was between moving out.”
There were no members of the public in the courtroom as Tvrdon was brought before District Judge Bodfan Jenkins.
Tvrdon is facing a charge of murdering 31-year-old mother of three Karina Menzies outside Ely Fire Station on Friday afternoon.
He has also been charged with 13 counts of attempt murder, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and dangerous driving.
This morning, a van believed to be carrying the suspect, arrived at the court building off Newport Road, Cardiff, at before 8.30am today.
As it later left the court building after the hearing, people shouted angrily as it drove away.
Among the injured in the incidents at five different locations in west Cardiff on Friday afternoon, were seven children and six adults.
Yesterday afternoon, it was confirmed that only three adults and three children now remain in hospital.