BECKY AC­CUSED ‘DE­SCRIBED HOW HE WOULD KILL HER’

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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.

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