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Becky Watts trial: Family flee in tears after court shown clothing where teenager's body found

Rod Minchin and Claire Hayhurst

Published 15/10/2015 | 12:48

Rebecca Watts Credit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Rebecca Watts Credit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire

Members of Becky Watts's family fled a court in tears as jurors were shown clothing from the shed where the teenager's dismembered body was found.

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The teenager's aunt, Sarah Broom, left the public gallery after the two men and 10 women saw a blood-stained green Boohoo jumper with a cut all the way down the back.

Undated handout photo issued by Avon & Somerset Police of scene photographs released in the Becky Watts murder trial, of the bathroom at 14 Cotton Mill Lane, Barton Hill, the home of her stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 28, and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21, where it is alleged that the teenagers body was driven to on the night of her alleged murder and later dismembered in the bathroom. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 13, 2015. See PA story COURTS Missing. Photo credit should read: Avon & Somerset Police/PA Wire
NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Avon & Somerset Police of scene photographs released in the Becky Watts murder trial, of the bathroom at 14 Cotton Mill Lane, Barton Hill, the home of her stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 28, and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21, where it is alleged that the teenagers body was driven to on the night of her alleged murder and later dismembered in the bathroom. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 13, 2015. See PA story COURTS Missing. Photo credit should read: Avon & Somerset Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Avon & Somerset Police of scene photographs released in the Becky Watts murder trial, of the bathroom at 14 Cotton Mill Lane, Barton Hill, the home of her stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 28, and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21

The panel was also shown a 12.5cm bladed black-handled knife, a pair of scissors and two screwdrivers that were found in a Eurohike rucksack in a garden shed at 9 Barton Court, Barton Hill, Bristol.

Also in the bag were blood-stained safety goggles and two masks, which had make-up stains on the inside, a pink spotted shower curtain, brown tape and pliers, Avon and Somerset Police crime scene investigator Lucy Pinkard told the court.

There was also a black, faux leather, size M jacket and two bottles of drain cleaner.

Earlier, the jury was shown three suitcases, a blue plastic box and a bin liner, in which Becky's body parts were found.

Undated handout photo issued by Avon & Somerset Police of scene photographs released in the Becky Watts murder trial, of her bedroom at 18 Crown Hill, St George, Bristol, where she was allegedly murdered by her stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 28, and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 13, 2015. It is claimed Matthews and Hoare targeted Becky in a sexually motivated kidnap plot on February 19 this year, which culminated in her death. Her body was put in the boot of their Vauxhall Zafira before being driven on the night of the alleged murder to their home at 14 Cotton Mill Lane, Barton Hill and later dismembered in the bathroom. See PA story COURTS Missing. Photo credit should read: Avon & Somerset Police/PA Wire
NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Avon & Somerset Police of scene photographs released in the Becky Watts murder trial, of her bedroom at 18 Crown Hill, St George, Bristol, where she was allegedly murdered by her stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 28, and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 13, 2015. It is claimed Matthews and Hoare targeted Becky in a sexually motivated kidnap plot on February 19 this year, which culminated in her death. Her body was put in the boot of their Vauxhall Zafira before being driven on the night of the alleged murder to their home at 14 Cotton Mill Lane, Barton Hill and later dismembered in the bathroom. See PA story COURTS Missing. Photo credit should read: Avon & Somerset Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

In one of the suitcases, a black suitcase, items inside were wrapped in three layers of cling film and a black bin bag.

They included a pair of brown socks, a George size 8 to 10 blue short-legged onesie with apparent blood staining, a wooden bead and broken beaded bracelet, duvet cover, a black-and-white flower motif pillow case with blood staining, the green jumper and a white duvet cover with blood staining and scorch marks.

Becky was allegedly murdered in her bedroom in Crown Hill, Bristol, by her stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 28, and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21.

And jurors have previously heard that Becky was probably wearing a onesie and green jumper when she died.

Prosecutors allege the pair shared a sexual interest in teenage girls and attempted to kidnap Becky on February 19 this year.

Her remains were found in a garden shed at Barton Court - just 80 metres from Matthews and Hoare's home - on March 2.

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, deny the charge.

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

He admits killing Becky, perverting the course of justice, preventing 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.

Earlier, the court heard evidence from Detective Constable Clare French who arrested both Ireland and Karl Demetrius on suspicion of assisting an offender after officers stopped a Ford Fiesta close to Barton Court.

Neither made any comment after being cautioned, Ms French said.

She later arrested Demetrius's brother Donovan in a bedroom at 9 Barton Court for the same alleged offence and when cautioned, he replied: "No I didn't."

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