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Home / Latest News / Cardiff hit-and-run rampage: Welsh Government orders review into Matthew Tvrdon’s psychiatric care

Cardiff hit-and-run rampage: Welsh Government orders review into Matthew Tvrdon’s psychiatric care

The Welsh Government has requested an independent review into the mental health care provided for hit-and-run killer Matthew Tvrdon.

Tvrdon, who was today ordered to be detained indefinitely in a maximum security hospital
, was discharged from psychiatric services and told to stop taking medication
a year before the deadly attacks on October 19 last year.

Mother-of-three Karina Menzies was killed and 13 others injured when Tvrdon went on the rampage through Cardiff, aiming his van at pedestrians.

His sentencing hearing was told by Tvrdon’s barrister that in October 2011 he was discharged from psychiatric services by medics who deemed him well enough to gradually stop taking his medication.

The court then heard how, after his arrest, Tvrdon had met with his line manager just two days before the hit-and-runs after workmates raised concerns.

Matthew Tvrdon
Matthew Tvrdon


Bosses were contemplating referring him for medical attention.

Tvrdon told police he heard voices “inside and outside his head” on the day of the hit-and-runs.

Today, a spokesman for the Welsh Government confirmed that Health Inspectorate Wales had been instructed to carry out a review of his treatment.

A spokesman said: “We have reviewed Matthew Tvrdon’s case and can confirm we will be requesting Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) to conduct an independent review to ensure any lessons that might be learnt are identified and acted upon from this terribly tragic case.

“The independent review will be commissioned within the next week.”

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