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Judge brought to tears as he concludes the Becky Watts trial

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The trial over the murder of Bristol teenager Becky Watts is over.

In an emotional closing remark, trial judge Mr Justice Dingemans appeared to break down in tears as he paid tribute to Becky's family's courage and dignity.

The 16-year-old's loved ones cried and hugged as the sentences were read out.

NATHAN MATTHEWS

28 year old Nathan Matthews

Nathan Matthews has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 33 years for murdering his stepsister Becky Watts.

Matthews, 28, was found guilty of murdering Becky, his 16-year-old step-sister, during a "violent struggle" after the plans to kidnap her went wrong.

He suffocated Becky in her bedroom, stabbed her 15 times after her death, cut her body up into eight pieces and then hid her remains in a suitcase in a shed.

The dismemberment of Becky’s body has been fully described, there are features which defy any reasonable explanation.

– Mr Justice Dingemans

Matthews shook his head as the judge described the crimes he had committed during his sentencing remarks.

Mr Justice Dingemans said the 28-year-old clearly had a fixation with having sex with petite teenage girls and that Becky's kidnap was planned for a sexual purpose.

He added that by pretending to know nothing while the search for Becky was underway, Matthews had added to the family grief.

Everyone who saw them both were taken in by the apparently concerned couple.

Their deceit of the family was particularly cruel and unusual.

– Mr Justice Dingemans

He said that this deception was a serious, aggravating feature.

Becky Watts, who was murdered by her stepbrother, was described as a loyal, loving, smiley, feisty and caring girl

Prior to the killers being jailed, Becky's mother and father had their victim impact statements - describing how their worlds had collapsed since their daughter's murder - read to court.

The sentences:

  • Conspiracy to kidnap - 10 years to run concurrently
  • Murder - life with a minimum of 33 years
  • Perverting the course of justice - no separate penalty
  • Preventing the lawful burial of Becky Watts - no separate penalty
  • Possessing a prohibited weapon, namely two stun guns - no separate penalty

SHAUNA HOARE

Shauna Hoare was acquitted of Becky's murder but convicted of kidnap and manslaughter. She will serve 17 years in prison.

The judge noted that Nathan Matthews began to exercise increasing control over her life - controlling when she smoke or what she ate, and using violence against her "on a number of occasions".

The judge chose not to impose a discretionary life sentence, saying "her involvement in these offences was very much a product of the nature of her relationship with Nathan Matthews"

The sentences

  • Conspiracy to kidnap - 10 years to run concurrently
  • Manslaughter - 17 years
  • Perverting the course of justice - 2 years to run concurrently
  • Preventing the lawful burial of Becky Watts - 3 years to run concurrently
  • Possessing a prohibited weapon, namely two stun guns - 2 years to run concurrently

KARL DEMETRIUS

29-year-old Karl Demetrius helped transport boxes and bags in a white van borrowed from Demetrius's work, which contained Becky's body parts.

He, along with his girlfriend, say they did not know what was in the boxes - believing they were criminal, but only things like "clothes and electrical equipment"

In a court hearing, Karl Demetrius admitted assisting an offender. He will be sentenced at a later date.

JAYDENE PARSONS

23-year-old Jaydene Parsons also helped transport boxes and bags in a white van borrowed from Demetrius's work, which contained Becky's body parts.

She says she did not know what was in the boxes - believing they were criminal, but only things like "clothes and electrical equipment"

In a court hearing, Jaydene Parsons admitted assisting an offender. She will be sentenced at a later date.

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