BECKY ACCUSED ‘DESCRIBED HOW HE WOULD KILL HER’
BECKY Watts told a friend her stepbrother graphically described how he would kill her in the years leading up to her death, a court heard.
Nathan Matthews, 28, is accused of murdering the 16-year-old with his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21, in a sexually motivated kidnap plot in Bristol on February 19.
The couple allegedly dismembered Becky – Matthews’ stepsister – into eight parts, which were discovered in a shed 80 metres from their home on March 3.
Bristol Crown Court heard Courtney Bicker, 17, one of Becky’s best friends, gave an interview to police hours before the grim discovery was made.
“Becky’s told me a few times, like this has happened a number of occasions, that Nathan would graphically describe – this is her exact words – how he would kill her,” she said.
“And he said a few
ACCUSED: Matthews things, like, in the past like a bit gruesome, like, not necessarily about killing someone but about like wounds and stuff.
“He’d describe it quite in detail but she mentioned it a few times, like it was troubling her the fact he said that and she did seem a bit scared of him.”
Ms Bicker said Becky first mentioned the threats in 2013, when they became close friends, and again in 2014.
Matthews had never made such threats in front of her, but Becky would tell her about them.
“I’ve heard him saying things like, little jokey comments like about hammers and stuff, like jokey stuff like that,” she added.
“She mentioned it a few times meaning that she felt he was serious, like she said that I think it scared her.”
Ms Bicker said Matthews had told Becky how he would kill her but she never found out what method he would use.
“I think he said multiple different things because she brought it up quite a few times and it’s like she said, ‘he keeps graphically describing how he’s going to kill me’.”
Matthews, of Warmley, South Gloucestershire, denies murder and conspiracy to kidnap.
He admits killing Becky, perverting the course of justice, preventing the
VICTIM: Becky Watts 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.