Friday 20 April 2018

Becky Watts trial: Stepbrother Nathan Matthews tells court it would take 'maximum' of five minutes to kidnap her

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

Claire Hayhurst, Rod Minchin and Benjamin Wright

The stepbrother of Becky Watts believed it would take a "maximum" of five minutes to kidnap her, place her in a suitcase and bundle her into the boot of his car, he told a court.

Nathan Matthews, 28, is accused of murdering the 16-year-old at her home in Crown Hill, Bristol, on February 19 with his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21.

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

Bristol Crown Court previously heard the pair, who share an interest in petite teenage girls, targeted 5ft 1in Becky in a sexually motivated kidnap plot.

They allegedly suffocated Becky in her bedroom before placing her body in the boot of their car, driving it home and dismembering it in their bath with a circular saw.

Becky's remains were discovered in a garden shed in Barton Court - 80 metres from their home in Cotton Mill Lane - in the early hours of March 3.

Matthews claims he acted alone when he accidentally killed Becky after a plan to kidnap her to "teach her a lesson" for being rude to his mother went wrong.

In his third day of giving evidence, Matthews insisted Hoare was smoking a cigarette in the garden when he fetched his "kidnapping kit" from his Vauxhall Zafira.

He claimed she took "usually 15 minutes" to smoke one cigarette and was still doing so when he killed Becky and carried her body into the boot of his car in a suitcase.

When asked how long he thought it would take to kidnap Becky, Matthews replied: "Maximum of five minutes.

"I thought I would have been really quick... obviously it was really quick. Like I said, fear and shock."

Matthews claimed he brought a red suitcase containing handcuffs, tape, a stun gun and a mask in from the car when Hoare went to smoke.

He said he was wearing a beanie-style hat that he had worn in the past and placed a mask on his face to hide his identity.

Prosecuting, William Mousley QC asked: "So Becky would have seen you numerous times wearing a beanie hat, not much of a disguise that?"

Matthews replied: "It was the mask. It was just white, like the ones you get from the pound shop that you can paint."

Mr Mousley asked: "Isn't it the truth that you are lying about the fact that you had a mask on? That's something you made up to try to help your suggestion that this was just a little prank that went wrong?"

Matthews said: "I definitely had a mask. Because then there would have been a massive struggle. The whole point was to shock and scare her, not to know it was me.

"I didn't want to kill her."

He told the jury he threw the mask and beanie hat in a bin near a bus stop in Southmead, Bristol.

Items used to kill Becky and dispose of her body, along with her body parts, were discovered in suitcases, a rucksack and a blue box in the shed at Barton Court.

Matthews claimed he could not remember what he said to Becky when he knocked on her bedroom door, using a deep voice as a disguise.

"I have said I can't remember all of the wording, I only remember pieces," he added.

"It is like a dream. It is all in slow motion when I remember it."

Jurors were shown the red suitcase Matthews claimed he placed Becky in, carried her downstairs and placed her into the boot of his car.

When asked to look at the item, Matthews said: "I don't want to."

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.

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