Tuesday 21 November 2017

Becky Watts trial: Co-accused Shauna Hoare tells jury boyfriend 'controlling and angry' before killing

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
Shauna Hoare being interviewed by police

Claire Hayhurst

The woman accused of murdering Becky Watts has told a jury that her boyfriend was "controlling and angry" in the lead-up to the teenager's death.

Shauna Hoare, 21, is alleged to have killed the 16-year-old in a sexually motivated kidnap plot with Nathan Matthews, 28, on February 19.

Bristol Crown Court has heard that the pair, who are claimed to have shared an interest in petite teenage girls, suffocated 5ft 1in Becky in a violent struggle at her home in Crown Hill, Bristol.

They are said to have dragged Becky's body downstairs, put it in the boot of their Vauxhall Zafira car and driven it to their home in Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol.

Over the next three days, Matthews and Hoare allegedly dismembered Becky in their bath with a circular saw - packing her body parts in suitcases and a box.

These were discovered in a shed in Barton Court - 80 metres from the couple's terraced home - by police on March 3.

Matthews, Becky's stepbrother, admits killing the teenager after a kidnap plan to "scare and shock" her went wrong, dismembering her body and moving it to the shed.

Hoare, who denies any involvement before or after Becky's death, told the jury her relationship with Matthews had not been "good" at the time.

"It still wasn't happy," she said. "It was better than it had been before. He was still controlling, he was still quite angry at me most of the time so it wasn't good.

"Normally he would call me fat a lot of the time or make mean jokes about about my weight.

"He would point out my stretch marks and not be very nice about me."

The court heard that Hoare had previously told Matthews about a plan to kidnap a boy who kept running away to teach him the consequences of his actions.

Matthews claims he plotted to kidnap Becky to "teach her a lesson" as she was rude to his mother, Anjie Galsworthy - her stepmother.

Andrew Langdon QC, representing Hoare, asked: "Had there been a recent discussion about this story in the weeks or months or days leading up to when we are dealing with?"

Hoare replied: "No."

On her third day in the witness box, Hoare told the jury she was "angry" at Matthews after hearing of his "confession" following their arrests.

"It was just the fact that he had lied the whole entire time," she said. "What he actually did.

"All of the pain he would have caused his mum and anyone else and not understanding his reasons for doing any of it.

"Chucking everything he has away and not understanding why."

On Monday, Hoare told the jury she played Matthews a parody video based on Disney's Frozen on February 20 to make him laugh.

The clip, watched on her mobile phone, is a spoof of the song Do You Want To Build A Snowman, entitled Do You Want To Hide A Body.

Jurors heard that the clip, which refers to a body being in more than one piece, was played as Becky's body lay in the couple's bathroom.

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, deny the charge.

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