Jury’s grisly tour

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By ANN COATES news@sun­

JURORS in the Becky Watts mur­der trial have been given a grisly tour of where the pretty teenager died.

They were also shown round the bath­room where her body was dis­mem­bered and the gar­den where her parts of the 16-year-old were found.

Becky was al­legedly mur­dered in her bed­room in Bristol by her step­brother Nathan Matthews, 28, and his girl­friend Shauna Hoare, 21.

It is claimed Matthews and Hoare tar­geted Becky in a sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated kid­nap plot on Fe­bru­ary 19, which cul­mi­nated in her death.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion found that af­ter her death Becky was stabbed 15 times in the ab­domen and was dis­mem­bered across her neck and above her knees, el­bows and wrists.


As part of the mur­der trial, the jury in the case were taken to Becky’s home and saw the bed­room where Matthews suf­fo­cated her be­fore al­legedly putting her body in his car.

They also vis­ited Matthews’s home, see­ing the bath where her killer al­legedly used a cir­cu­lar saw to cut up her body. They then saw the shed where her body parts, wrapped in cling­film, were dumped.

For the visit the 12-strong jury, along with the judge and bar­ris­ters, were driven by coach from Bristol Crown Court.

The jury of two men and 10 women were shown around Becky’s home, Matthews and Hoare’s house and the gar­den where her body was even­tu­ally stored. The trial judge, Mr Jus­tice Dinge­mans, and bar­ris­ters were shown around the prop­er­ties first by a po­lice of­fi­cer ahead of the jurors in their small groups.

They were driven the four miles from the city cen­tre court to the semi-de­tached home where Becky lived with her fa­ther Dar­ren Galswor­thy and his wife An­jie, who is Matthews’ mother. The jury has been told Matthews and Hoare killed Becky, then put her body in the boot of their car and stayed at the house, watch­ing the kids tele­vi­sion chan­nel C-Bee­bies and play­ing board game Simp­sons Mo­nop­oly, in a bid to bol­ster their claim Becky had “gone out”.

The jury were told the pair then took her body back to their house and cut her up into eight pieces, which were wrapped in cling­film and stored in a friend’s shed. Matthews has ad­mit­ted killing Becky but says that it was un­in­ten­tional and so de­nies mur­der.

He says he wanted to scare her be­cause of the way she treated his mother, who is mar­ried to Becky’s fa­ther.

Hoare, who the jury saw gig­gling in a po­lice video of an ini­tial in­ter­view she gave, de­nies any knowl­edge of Becky’s killing.

Matthews, of Warm­ley, South Glos, de­nies mur­der and con­spir­acy to kid­nap.

He has pleaded guilty to per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice, pre­vent­ing burial of a corpse and pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited weapon. Hoare, of Bristol, de­nies mur­der, con­spir­acy to kid­nap, per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice, pre­vent­ing burial of a corpse and pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited weapon.

Dono­van Demetrius, 29, of Bristol, and James Ire­land, 23, of Avon­mouth, each deny a charge of as­sist­ing an of­fender.

Karl Demetrius, 29, and his part­ner Jay­dene Par­sons, 23, both of Bristol, have pleaded guilty to as­sist­ing an of­fender af­ter the teenager’s body was dis­cov­ered in their shed. Both main­tain they were un­aware of what the pack­ages ac­tu­ally con­tained.

The trial con­tin­ues.


HOR­ROR: Bath­room

where cops say Becky’s body was

cut up

AC­CUSED: Matthews and Hoare

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