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Stepbrother guilty of Becky Watts murder

Sky News Sky News 12/11/2015

Nathan Matthews, the stepbrother of Bristol teenager Becky Watts, has been found guilty of her murder.

The 16-year-old disappeared from her home on 19 February and her dismembered remains were discovered in a shed in Barton Court on 2 March.

The prosecution argued that Nathan Matthews, 28, suffocated Becky after a sexually motivated kidnap plan driven by his interest in petite teenagers failed.

Matthews always admitted killing the teenager but claimed it was an accident, denying murder.

The 28-year-old said he strangled Becky after a kidnap plan he had to "teach her a lesson" went wrong.

Matthews told the jury that he went to the teenager's house armed with a kidnap kit including tape, a mask, a stun gun and handcuffs.

He said he waited for his girlfriend Shauna Hoare to go outside before he went to Becky's bedroom to carry out his plan.

However, a struggle ensued and he killed her.

Becky Watts © rex Becky Watts

Matthews said he then drove Becky's body to the home he shared with Hoare, where he dismembered it in the bath before packing the remains in bags and boxes and moving them to the nearby shed. He insisted Hoare was not involved.

Prosecutor William Mousley QC previously dismissed Matthews' version of events as fantasy and said his actions were fuelled by dislike for Becky and a desire to make her a "sexual playthingā€¯.

He said the treatment of the teenager's body after her death showed Matthews had "a complete absence of sorrow for what he did to her".

Hoare was acquitted of the charge of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter. She was also convicted of conspiracy to kidnap Becky, perverting the course of justice and preventing a lawful burial.

Prosecutors argued she was part of the sexually motivated kidnap plot, murder and subsequent cover-up.

Hoare, 21, always denied any involvement in the crimes.

She claimed she suffered terrifying violence at the hands of Matthews and messages police found between the pair discussing kidnap were simply to placate him.

In one she wrote: "Just went into Costcutter and saw a pretty petite girl. Almost knocked her out to bring home lol xoxo"

A reply 20 seconds later from Matthews read: "Don't you 'almost' me ... Now DOIT b*****!!!xxxxx"

Matthews, of Hazelbury Drive, Warmley, South Gloucestershire, previously admitted killing Becky, perverting the course of justice, preventing the burial of a corpse and possessing a prohibited weapon.

James Ireland, 23, of Richmond Villas, Avonmouth, and Donovan Demetrius, 30 of Marsh Lane, Bristol, both faced charges of assisting an offender for allegedly helping to hide Becky's remains in the shed at Barton Court.

A jury of 10 women and one man found Demetrius and Ireland not guilty of that charge.

The residents of the Barton Court property, Karl Demetrius, 30, and his partner Jaydene Parsons, 23, admit assisting an offender.

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