Friday 20 October 2017

Becky Watts trial: Nathan Matthews found guilty of murdering stepsister, girlfriend Shauna Hoare found guilty of manslaughter

Handout video grab dated 03/03/15 issued by Avon and Somerset Police of Nathan Matthews being interviewed by police after Becky Watts' body parts had been found. Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Handout video grab dated 03/03/15 issued by Avon and Somerset Police of Nathan Matthews being interviewed by police after Becky Watts' body parts had been found. 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
Undated handout photo issued by Avon and Somerset Police of one of the suitcases used in the murder of Becky Watts, shown to the jury at Bristol Crown Court. Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Undated handout video grab issued by Avon and Somerset Police of Shauna Hoare being interviewed by police following the murder of Becky Watts. Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Undated handout CCTV still issued by Avon and Somerset Police of Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare entering the 99p store in Bedminster on February 22, as Matthews has been found guilty of murdering his stepsister, Becky Watts, following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Avon and Somerset Police of Becky Watts, as Nathan Matthews has been found guilty of murdering his stepsister following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Family and friends of Becky Watts arrive at Bristol Crown Court for the trial into her murder. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Donovan Demetrius arrives at Bristol Crown Court, accused of assisting an offender in the Becky Watts murder trial. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Grandfather of Becky Watts, John Galsworthy (left) arrives at Bristol Crown Court for the Becky Watts murder trial. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Family and friends of Becky Watts arrive at Bristol Crown Court for the trial into her murder. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Family and friends of Becky Watts arrive at Bristol Crown Court for the trial into her murder. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The stepbrother of schoolgirl Becky Watts has been found guilty of murdering her during a sexually motivated kidnap.

His girlfriend Shauna Hoare was cleared of her murder but found guilty of manslaughter.

Matthews, 28, suffocated his 16-year-old stepsister while trying to kidnap her from her semi-detached home in Crown Hill, Bristol, on February 19.

He dragged her body into the boot of his Vauxhall Zafira and drove it to the home he shared with girlfriend Hoare, 21, less than two miles away in Cotton Mill Lane.

Over the next three days, Matthews bought an £80 Mac Allister circular saw, goggles, masks, bags, cling film and tape to cut up and package Becky's body.

Family and friends of Becky Watts arrive at Bristol Crown Court for the trial into her murder. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Family and friends of Becky Watts arrive at Bristol Crown Court for the trial into her murder. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Donovan Demetrius arrives at Bristol Crown Court, accused of assisting an offender in the Becky Watts murder trial. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Donovan Demetrius arrives at Bristol Crown Court, accused of assisting an offender in the Becky Watts murder trial. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Rebecca Watts Credit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Rebecca Watts Credit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Shauna Hoare being interviewed by police
Shauna Hoare being interviewed by police

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