Nathan Matthew guilty of murdering Becky Watts

11/11/2015

Today at Bristol Crown Court, Nathan Matthews has been found guilty of the murder of Becky Watts while his girlfriend Shauna Hoare has been convicted of her manslaughter.

Rachael Scott, head of the CPS South West Complex Casework Unit, said: "The CPS was involved in this case from an early stage of what proved to be an extensive and exhaustive police investigation, conducted by Det Supt Liz Tunks and her team.

"As I reviewed the evidence they gathered, it became clear not only that Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare had conspired to kidnap Becky Watts, but that their actions were motivated by their own sexual interests.

"Throughout the trial, Matthews maintained that he had killed Becky by accident during a bungled prank to kidnap her. Having heard details of Becky's injuries, as well as the cold and calculated way in which he attempted to dispose of her body, the jury has today found him guilty of murder.

"Shauna Hoare claimed that she knew nothing of Matthews plans or actions, that she had no involvement in Becky's death or the concealment of her body. Again, the jury found the evidence did not support these claims and she has been found guilty of Becky's manslaughter.

"Unable to complete the task at hand without additional help, all those responsible will now be sentenced for assisting an offender for their unwitting part in concealing Beckys body.

"Matthews and Hoare have never expressed any remorse for Becky's death, demonstrative of the callous way they took a young woman's life just as she was starting to plan her future. The hard work and meticulous attention to detail of the prosecution team ensured that they did not today walk free.

Senior Investigating Officer Det Superintendent Mike Courtiour said: "Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Becky's family and friends who have shown the utmost composure and dignity during what has undoubtedly been the worst period of their lives.

"Becky Watts was a typical teenager who was well loved and, like most teenagers, had many plans and hopes for the future. Tragically, Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare have made sure these hopes and dreams will never be realised.

"In the following days, Matthews lied and misled the police then recruited a number of associates in a bid to conceal Becky's body and prevent us from discovering what happened to her.

"Karl Demetrius and Jaydene Parsons were involved in assisting Matthews with his attempt to hide Becky's body parts in a shed in Barton Court in a number of bags, cases and a box.

"This investigation was one of the largest in the Force's history with over 500 officers utilised throughout its entirety.

"Our primary aim was always to find Becky safe and well but Matthews and Hoare had already made sure this was never going to happen.

I'd like to thank each and every police officer and staff member involved in this investigation as, without their dedication and experience, we might not have been able to bring these offenders to justice.

"In particular, I would like to pay tribute to Detective Superintendent Liz Tunks who led this investigation from the beginning.

"Nothing will ever fill the void in the lives of Becky's family and friends but we hope that these verdicts can finally bring them some much deserved comfort.

"I would finally like to thank colleagues in the CPS and the prosecuting barristers, William Mousley QC and Mr Richard Posner."

Becky, 16, was murdered in her home in Crown Hill, Bristol, on February 19 this year.

After killing Becky, Matthews and Hoare then dismembered her at their home address in Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol, over the next few days.

The pair then enlisted friends to hide her remains in the shed in Barton Court.

Matthews, 28, has been found guilty of Becky's murder and conspiracy to kidnap. He has also been convicted of perverting the course of justice, preventing Becky's lawful burial and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Hoare, 21, has been found guilty of Becky's manslaughter, conspiracy to kidnap, perverting the course of justice, preventing Becky's lawful burial and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Donovan Demetrius, 30, of Barton Court, Bristol and James Ireland, 23, of Richmond Villas, Avonmouth, were found not guilty of assisting an offender.

Karl Demetrius, 30, and Jaydene Parsons, 23, also of Barton Court, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender at an earlier hearing.

All defendants are due to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Friday.