‘I DIDN’T IN­TEND TO KILL HER’

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TEARS: Nathan Matthews NATHAN Matthews broke down in tears as he told a jury he did not in­tend to mur­der his step­sis­ter Becky Watts.

He started cry­ing and slumped into the wit­ness box hold­ing his head in his hands as he started giv­ing ev­i­dence dur­ing his mur­der trial.

Matthews and girl­friend Shauna Hoare are ac­cused of killing the 16-year-old in a sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated kid­nap plot.

Adam Vaitilingam QC, de­fend­ing, asked his client: “Did you in­tend to kill Becky?”

Fight­ing back tears, Matthews replied: “No.”

Mr Vaitilingam asked: “Did you in­tend to cause her re­ally se­ri­ous in­jury?”

Vir­gin Teen Gets Raped in her Own Matthews an­swered: “No.” He then burst into tears, telling the court: “No, no... no I didn’t.”

He then slumped into the wit­ness box hold­ing his head in his hands and loudly cry­ing. He paused to com­pose him­self and took some sips of wa­ter be­fore con­tin­u­ing to give his ev­i­dence.

Matthews en­tered the wit­ness box on day 14 of the trial to give the jury his ac­count of events in Fe­bru­ary and March this year.

Mr Vaitilingam asked him: “Ex­clud­ing Shauna, did you have a plan to kid­nap Becky Watts?” Matthews replied: “Yes.” Mr Vaitilingam asked: “Was Shauna part of that plan?” He replied: “No.” Mr Vaitilingam asked: “You ad­mit that you had a plan to kid­nap Becky but you deny that you con­spired with Shauna to do so?”

Matthews told the court: “Yes.”

Mr Vaitilingam said: “You and Shauna Hoare are charged with the mur­der of Becky Watts. Putting Shauna out of the pic­ture, the jury have been told that you pleaded not guilty to mur­der but pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter. Is that right?” Matthews replied: “Yes.” Re­fer­ring to the per­vert­ing course of jus­tice charge, Mr Vaitilingam asked Matthews: “You ad­mit that you hid, then dis­mem­bered, then hid again Becky’s body?”

Matthews said: “Yes.”

Mr Vaitilingam asked: “Do you ad­mit you lied to po­lice when they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing her dis­ap­pear­ance.”

Matthews told the jury: “Yes.”

Mr Vaitilingam asked his client whether he had pre­vented the law­ful burial of a corpse and he replied: “By my ac­tions, yes. I didn’t... yeah...”

Matthews, of Warm­ley, South Glos, 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 Bris­tol, de­nies mur­der, con­spir­acy to kid­nap, per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice, pre­vent­ing burial of a corpse.

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