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Couple whose shed held Becky Watts' body parts admit assisting offender

Rod Minchin

Published 07/10/2015 | 12:49

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

A couple who had the dismembered body of teenager Becky Watts stored in their garden shed have pleaded guilty to assisting an offender, it can be reported for the first time.

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Karl Demetrius, 29, and his girlfriend, Jaydene Parsons, 23, admitted at an earlier hearing at Bristol Crown Court to a charge of assisting an offender.

However, they maintain they "did not know or believe" the bags contained Becky's body.

Prosecutor William Mousley QC told the court: "Karl Demetrius says he believed it was cannabis but became increasingly suspicious that the contents related to Becky Watts.

"Jaydene Parsons says that she only formed the belief that the bags were related to criminal activity during the evening before her arrest."

Police recovered the body parts of 16-year-old Becky from the shed in the garden of the couple's home in Barton Court, Bristol, days after she had been reported missing.

A judge had made an order preventing the media from reporting their guilty pleas until the trial of the other people allegedly involved in Becky's murder began.

Becky's stepbrother, Nathan Matthews, 28, is charged with her murder, alongside his girlfriend, Shauna Hoare, 21.

Donovan Demetrius, 29 - Karl's twin brother - and James Ireland, 23, are charged with assisting an offender.

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