Becky Watts trial - Day 1

The trial of four people arrested in connection with the murder of Becky Watts began hearing evidence today. Becky's stepbrother Nathan Matthews admitted killing the teenager, but denied murder.

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Becky Watts kidnap plan had 'sexual motive'

Becky Watts was murdered as part of a plan to kidnap the teen - which had a "sexual motive behind the scheme", a court has heard.

16-year-old Becky was strangled in her bedroom at her home in Crown Hill, Bristol before, the prosecution allege, her step-brother Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend, Shauna Hoare, removed her body to their house, dismembered it using a knife and power-saw and "carefully packaged" her body parts into bags and boxes.

There followed a deliberate, carefully planned, and grotesquely executed plan to cover up her killing.

– William Mousley, QC, Prosecution

Others, including James Ireland, and Donovan Demetrius, helped to remove the boxes and bags.

The prosecution say her death was part of a plan to kidnap Becky, where items were taken to her home to carry it out.

There is a good reason to believed that there was also a sexual motive behind the scheme, arising from a shared unnatural interest in attractive teenage females.

– William Mousley, prosecution

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