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Becky Watts trial: Nathan Matthews admits violence in relationship with Shauna Hoare

Claire Hayhurst and Rod Minchin

Published 27/10/2015 | 14:53

Becky Watts
Becky Watts

Nathan Matthews, who along with girlfriend Shauna Hoare is accused of killing 16-year-old Becky Watts in a sexually motivated kidnap plot, has admitted there was violence in his relationship with his partner and he had "scared her".

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The delivery driver said he struggled in social situations but immediately clicked with Hoare after meeting her when she was 15 and he was 21.

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
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

Shortly after they got together, Hoare's mother Lisa Donovan moved house and Matthews offered to drive her to school.

The couple fell out with Mrs Donovan in an argument about her car and lost contact with her, Matthews said.

"I don't normally, like I struggle to get on with people, but the night I met her and the nights after I don't know, I was a different person," he told the jury at Bristol Crown Court.

"I was coming out with things, I had things to say. We just clicked in a sense."

Adam Vaitilingam QC, representing Matthews, asked why the couple's home in Cotton Mill Lane was so cluttered.

"That was my fault for collecting so much that I couldn't move anything out," Matthews replied.

"Every time I moved the stuff and got a spare space I wasn't able to do what I wanted to do.

"Shauna gave me an ultimatum basically because she was going to move in to a new house.

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. Avon & Somerset Police/PA Wire
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. Avon & Somerset Police/PA Wire
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. Avon & Somerset Police/PA Wire
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. Avon & Somerset Police/PA Wire
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. Avon & Somerset Police/PA Wire
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. Avon & Somerset Police/PA Wire

"I would have a small cupboard and once that cupboard was filled up I could only collect one thing.

"I was a hoarder. Shauna sometimes pointed things out like 'there's something or other over there' and I would collect it but I was the main hoarder.

"The house obviously was cluttered."

Matthews said Hoare's ultimatum was "recent" and he had bought a bigger car in order to move clutter from the house.

Shauna Hoare being interviewed by police
Shauna Hoare being interviewed by police

In police interviews, Hoare claimed Matthews had pulled her by her hair from one side of the bed to the other and strangled her for four to five seconds.

She said Matthews threw her phone against the wall, shoved her head against a window while driving and pushed her into a lock on a door.

When asked about the five claims, Matthews replied: "There was levels of violence but not as explained.

"If throwing things is violence then there's more but violence as in pushing someone out of the way, I don't know - I would guess five, it could be less it could be more.

"I can't honestly remember."

He admitted hitting Hoare's head against the car window, pushing her into the door with a lock on and throwing her phone.

Matthews claimed he had pulled Hoare by her hair accidentally when he grabbed her by her clothes.

"I did grab her, I didn't grab her around the neck and squeeze for four or five seconds," he added.

"She has been scared and that was the time with the fork incident.

"We were having a heated argument, I can't remember what the argument was about or what was said.

"I basically got overwhelmed, instead of leaving or throwing something that was when I went towards her.

"I pushed her on to the bed. I saw she was scared and that's when I started stabbing myself with a fork to stop myself from scaring her.

"In hindsight that would have scared her more."

Matthews admitted there were times when he had acted in a controlling way to Hoare, but said she had also done it to him.

"She would obviously have money to a certain extent, like a pound here and there but obviously the bills would be paid," he added.

He said the couple had threesomes with a female friend of Hoare's, which were consensual.

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