Nikitta Grender: Introducing Ryan Mayes
NIKITTA Grender: Anorak’s look at the murder of a pregnant teenager in the news:
Only The Sun leads with the murdered woman, killed at her flat in Newport, Gwent.
In “Lover’s Grief For Nikitta”, readers meet Ryan Mayes, the “anguished boyfriend”. He lived with Miss Grender. Her body was found at their home.
On Facebook, he calls his murdered lover and unborn child his “angels“. The child was to be called Kelsey-May. He writes:
“Heya my angels hope your ok… you meant the world to me and the bbey would have. You were the best thing ever created … i missed speakin to u this mrnin and giving u a kiss… i wish i cud be with u nw. My heart has been ripped open i love u bbey and kelc… 4 ever i promise. XXX”
The timeline is taking shape:
The evening out (as told by the police): February 4:
We are now fairly certain of Nikitta’s whereabouts during the early part of the evening: she went, in her friend’s car, to McDonald’s, they then drove around the Newport and Cwmbran area and she then was back at the flat at approximately 1am on the Saturday morning.
1am: Nikitta was dropped at the flat in, at 1am on Saturday by pals who had been to McDonald’s with her. Cops believe she knew her killer and may have let him in.
5.30am: Niegbour calls 999 and reports fire. The fire brigade discover Nikitta’s body in the bedroom. Also dead is her pug dog Missy.
Police find two knife wounds on the victim.
Was the fire started deliberately by the killer? Police says this is “very likely”.
Det Supt Geoff Ronayne tells media:
“Nikitta was looking forward to the birth and there do not appear to have been any difficulties in her life. She doesn’t appear to have been frightened or worried.”