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Trial date set for man accused of murdering ‘much-loved’ grandmother in Newport

18 May 2023 2 minute read
Handout photo of Kelly Pitt issued by Gwent Police

A man accused of murdering a “much-loved” grandmother will stand trial in October.

Lewis Bush, 25, appeared before Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday, charged with murdering Kelly Pitt, 44.

Police were called to a property in Sandalwood Court, Newport, south Wales, at about 11.30am on May 12, after Ms Pitt was found unresponsive.

Paramedics confirmed that Ms Pitt, described as a “devoted nan” by her family, had died.

Bush was arrested on suspicion of murder and later charged with the offence, appearing at Newport Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke set a trial date of October 30 during a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday.

The judge told Bush: “You will be remanded into custody ahead of the next hearing date, which is June 9.

“At the moment, your trial is fixed for October 30. Your custody time limit expires on November 15.”

The court heard the trial is expected to last for about two weeks.

A plea and trial preparation hearing in the case will take place at Cardiff Crown Court on June 9.

Much loved

Ms Pitt’s family previously released a tribute to her, describing her as an “all-round beautiful soul”.

They said: “Kelly was a much-loved granddaughter, daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. She was a loving, caring mother and a devoted nan.

“She was an all-round beautiful soul, a lovely person inside and out. She was kind, thoughtful, funny and would help anyone.

“Kelly was taken far too soon and we are devastated by what has happened, she was taken in such a painful way which we will never be able to come to terms with.

“We would like to thank the emergency services for such a quick response and the police for supporting us during this difficult time.

“Thank you for all the messages of condolence, we now wish to be left to grieve in private as a family.”

Gwent Police said the family was being supported by specialist officers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gwent Police on 101, quoting log reference 2300153148, or send a direct message on Facebook or Twitter.

The force previously confirmed that it would be making a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct “in line with standard procedure”.

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