Further charges in Becky Watts murder case

22/06/2015

The CPS has authorised further charges in relation to the murder of Becky Watts, 16, from St George in Bristol.

Rachael Scott, head of the CPS South West Complex Casework Unit said: "Following receipt of a full file from Avon and Somerset police, the CPS has now authorised a number of additional charges against both Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare. Most significantly there is now sufficient evidence to charge Shauna Hoare with the murder of Becky Watts.

"Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

  • Shauna Hoare has been charged with the murder of Becky Watts (jointly with Nathan Matthews)
  • Nathan Matthews has been charged with perverting the course of justice (jointly with Shauna Hoare).
  • Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare have been charged with conspiracy to commit false imprisonment.
  • Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare have been charged with preventing the burial of a corpse.
  • Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare have been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

These new charges will be added to the indictment at the next Crown Court appearance, which is a plea and case management hearing at Bristol Crown Court on 4 August.

These charges have been brought as a result of the continued investigation into Becky's murder in February this year.

Notes:

There are no changes to the charges against Karl Demetrius, Donovan Demetrius, Jaydene Parsons and James Ireland, who are all charged with assisting an offender.

Nathan Matthews remains charged with Becky's murder and Shauna Hoare remains charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.