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Man accused of murdering Becky Watts in a sexually motivated kidnap plot with his girlfriend 'watched pornography almost daily', court hears

Rod Minchin and Claire Hayhurst

Published 28/10/2015 | 11:46

Rebecca Watts Credit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Rebecca Watts Credit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Shauna Hoare being interviewed by police
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Nathan Matthews crying in the dock as Adam Vaitilingam QC (left) looks on at Bristol Crown Court, as he told the jury he did not intend to murder his stepsister Becky Watts. Photo: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

The man accused of murdering Becky Watts in a sexually motivated kidnap plot with his girlfriend watched pornography almost daily, a court has heard.

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Nathan Matthews, 28, and Shauna Hoare, 21, are accused of killing the 16-year-old on February 19.

Matthews was giving evidence for a second day at Bristol Crown Court, where prosecutors allege that he and Hoare targeted his stepsister due to their shared unnatural interest in petite teenage girls.

They say they murdered Becky in her bedroom at her family home in Crown Hill, Bristol, before driving her body to their home in Cotton Mill Lane, Barton Hill.

They say the couple then dismembered Becky in the bath of the terraced property using a circular saw, before packing her body parts in bags, cling film and tape.

These were discovered in suitcases, bags and a blue box in a garden shed in Barton Court - 80 metres from their home - in the early hours of March 3.

Matthews was asked whether he had an interest in pornography and agreed that he did, saying it started when he was younger.

"It was magazines, then it was downloading it and then it was watching videos on the internet," he told the court.

"There are ridiculous amounts of it on there and there are thousands of new movies uploaded there every hour."

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Adam Vaitilingam QC, defending, asked his client how often he looked at pornography and he replied: "Definitely every week but I would say it could be every day.

"As an average I would say it would be just under every day - at least every two days."

Matthews insisted that girlfriend Hoare did not share his interest in pornography.

Matthews, of Hazelbury Drive, Warmley, South Gloucestershire, denies murder and conspiracy to kidnap.

He admits killing Becky, perverting the course of justice, preventing the burial of a corpse and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Hoare, of Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol, denies murder, conspiracy to kidnap, perverting the course of justice, preventing burial of a corpse and possessing a prohibited weapon.

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

Donovan Demetrius - Karl's twin brother - of Marsh Lane, Bristol, and James Ireland, 23, of Richmond Villas, Avonmouth - a work colleague of Karl's - deny the charge.

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