Nikitta Grender: What Do We Know About Carl Whant?
NIKITTA Grender: Carl Whant has been arrested.
The murdered pregnant teenager is on one front pages, those of the Daily Star and The Sun.
“NIKITTA MURDER: LOVER’S BEST PAL QUIZZED”
As is the way the woman ignore become the woman we know by her first name.
The Sun makes her yet more familiar, shortening her name, like a Jo Yeates and a Maddie McCann:
“Nikki lover cousin is arrested”
The man is 26.
Sky News senses a dark mood in Newport, Gwent, scene of the murder:
One angry neighbour warned that vigilante-style justice was a possibility if the police failed to make progress quickly.
It’s a line suggesting local knowledge led to the police arrest.
And the name of the arrested man? The Star publishes it.
They [police] would not release details of the suspect but locals named him as nightclub bouncer Carl Whant.
We know something about him:
Martial arts fan Carl, a fixture on the door of local bars and nightclubs, is said to have been a regular visitor to the couple’s flat in Newport, Gwent.
A further breakthrough came when a nine-inch long knife was yesterday found in bushes about 800 yards from the murder scene, but police have not confirmed it is the murder weapon.
The Sun calls him a “bouncer”. He used to be in the armed forces, reportedly serving with the Welsh Guards. He has a young child. Whant’s mother is the sister of Ryan Mayes’s mother. Mayes was Nikitta Grender’s boyfriend and the father of her unborn child.
He trains regularly at the Bodymaster gym in Newport and lists his interests on Facebook as “money” and Ultimate Fighting Championship – a form of martial arts similar to cage-fighting.
The story continues…