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Becky Watts killer was "controlling and angry"

Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare
Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare

The woman accused of murdering Becky Watts has told a jury that her boyfriend was "controlling and angry" in the lead-up to the teenager's death.

Shauna Hoare, 21, is alleged to have killed the 16-year-old in a sexually motivated kidnap plot with Nathan Matthews, 28, on February 19.

Bristol Crown Court has heard that the pair, who are claimed to have shared an interest in petite teenage girls, suffocated 5ft 1in Becky in a violent struggle at her home in Crown Hill, Bristol.

They are said to have dragged Becky's body downstairs, put it in the boot of their Vauxhall Zafira car and driven it to their home in Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol.

Over the next three days, Matthews and Hoare allegedly dismembered Becky in their bath with a circular saw - packing her body parts in suitcases and a box.

These were discovered in a shed in Barton Court - 80 metres from the couple's terraced home - by police on March 3.

Matthews, Becky's stepbrother, admits killing the teenager after a kidnap plan to "scare and shock" her went wrong, dismembering her body and moving it to the shed.

Becky Watts

Hoare, who denies any involvement before or after Becky's death, told the jury her relationship with Matthews had not been "good" at the time.

"It still wasn't happy," she said. "It was better than it had been before. He was still controlling, he was still quite angry at me most of the time so it wasn't good.

"Normally he would call me fat a lot of the time or make mean jokes about about my weight.

"He would point out my stretch marks and not be very nice about me."

The court heard that Hoare had previously told Matthews about a plan to kidnap a boy who kept running away to teach him the consequences of his actions.

Matthews claims he plotted to kidnap Becky to "teach her a lesson" as she was rude to his mother, Anjie Galsworthy - her stepmother.

Andrew Langdon QC, representing Hoare, asked: "Had there been a recent discussion about this story in the weeks or months or days leading up to when we are dealing with?"

Hoare replied: "No."

On her third day in the witness box, Hoare told the jury she was "angry" at Matthews after hearing of his "confession" following their arrests.

"It was just the fact that he had lied the whole entire time," she said. "What he actually did.

"All of the pain he would have caused his mum and anyone else and not understanding his reasons for doing any of it.

"Chucking everything he has away and not understanding why."

On Monday, Hoare told the jury she played Matthews a parody video based on Disney's Frozen on February 20 to make him laugh.

The clip, watched on her mobile phone, is a spoof of the song Do You Want To Build A Snowman, entitled Do You Want To Hide A Body.

Jurors heard that the clip, which refers to a body being in more than one piece, was played as Becky's body lay in the couple's bathroom.

Matthews, of Hazelbury Drive, Warmley, South Gloucestershire, 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 Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol, denies murder, conspiracy to kidnap, perverting the course of justice, preventing burial of a corpse and possessing a prohibited weapon.

The residents of the Barton Court property, Karl Demetrius, 30, and his partner Jaydene Parsons, 23, admit assisting an offender.

Donovan Demetrius - Karl's twin brother - of Marsh Lane, Bristol, and James Ireland, 23, of Richmond Villas, Avonmouth, deny the charge.

Giving evidence, Ireland told the court that he agreed to give a lift to the friend of his work colleague, Karl Demetrius, on February 23.

The court heard that Matthews called Demetrius that evening and asked to be taken from Hoare's mother's home in Southmead to Cotton Mill Lane.

Demetrius and Ireland were working a night shift at a contractor for Airbus in Filton, Bristol, when Matthews phoned.

Ireland told the court: "I went into work that night. I went for a fag after watching films and football on the laptops at work.

"Karl said to me that his mate needed a lift with his girlfriend to go home. I think he said something about Barton Hill but didn't say where from.

"I just said 'Yeah, work's dead, there's nothing here to do'."

Ireland said he expected to receive "£5 to £10 petrol money" for the lift, which was what he often charged friends on nights out.

The picker, who suffers from ADHD, insisted he had not overheard any of the six phone conversations between Matthews and Demetrius.

He told the court he was not present when another colleague, Nathan Bignell, suggested that Demetrius was to do something "dodgy".

Ireland said he had never met Matthews or Hoare before that evening or heard about them from Demetrius.

The court heard that Ireland and Demetrius left work at 12.29am on February 24 and drove to pick up Hoare and Matthews.

Sean Hammond, for Ireland, said: "It is the Crown's case that you knew or believed that he (Matthews) was responsible for the murder of Becky Watts or indeed some other very serious criminal offence and the reason you had gone to this address in your car in the early hours of that morning was designed to prevent him from being arrested or caught for what he had done?"

Ireland replied: "No."

Mr Hammond continued: "Did you know or believe he was involved in any kind of criminal activity?"

Ireland answered: "I didn't know him - no."

Ireland told the court he did not speak to Hoare or Matthews, save for directions, during the 20-minute car journey to Cotton Mill Lane.

"I stopped in the road, it was late so I didn't think there would be any cars to ask me to move," he said.

"Out got Karl, then out got the rest of them. I sat in my car. I made a fag, I sent a text.

"Then in got Karl. I went to drive off. That's when I was told by Karl that he needed to go back and speak to his mate."

Demetrius left the car and returned about three minutes later with Matthews, Ireland said.

"They said he had been chucked out and he needed help with his clothes and stuff like that," Ireland told the court.

He said he had not spoken directly with Matthews and was not suspicious at what Demetrius told him.

"I just thought he had been chucked out by his missus," he added.

Ireland said Demetrius suggested he helped Matthews by driving a work van due to the size of his Ford Fiesta.

The three got back in the car and Ireland drove back towards Filton, dropping Matthews off at Gloucester Road before they reached work, the court heard.

Ireland picked up a work van, along with Demetrius, and they collected Matthews before returning to Cotton Mill Lane, the court heard.

The court heard that during this time, Demetrius and his girlfriend Jaydene Parsons were texting about money Matthews promised for the help.

"Cool, that's a deposit on a house," Parsons texted Demetrius, the court heard.

Ireland insisted he was not aware of the messages, that Matthews had offered Demetrius £10,000, or that he had been offered a share.

Mr Hammond asked: "If you knew they were hiding something or doing something criminal would you have been involved?"

Ireland replied: "No."

After entering Hoare and Matthews's home, Ireland said he remained in the hallway by the front door as the property "was a bit of a mess".

Matthews and Demetrius spent between 20 and 25 minutes gathering items from the house before his colleague returned to the hallway.

Former TA soldier Matthews then took a further 10 to 15 minutes fetching further items from his front room, Ireland said.

"We put the bags and the box into the van," he told the court. "I said 'Where are we going?'. They looked at each other like 'I don't know'.

"Because of the time and I was meant to be at work with Karl, I said 'Well, it's Barton Hill so how about you leave them at yours Karl because it is close by?'."

Ireland said clothes were on top of the blue storage box and the other suitcases were zipped up so he did not see their contents.

"It seemed like a normal thing if he had been kicked out," he added.

The three drove to Demetrius's home - 80 metres away - unloaded the items from the van and took them inside.

"We went into the hallway, into the kitchen, then out the back door," Ireland said.

After helping to load the items into the shed, Ireland smoked a cigarette in the kitchen while Demetrius and Matthews were in the lounge, he added.

He then left with Demetrius and returned to work.

Mr Hammond asked: "Had you been told Mr Matthews' name by that point?"

Ireland replied: "No."

He said that later that day Demetrius used his mobile phone to search for Disneyland Paris holidays, having heard an advert on the radio.

Ireland said he was also searching for holidays as he wanted to take his girlfriend away for her upcoming 21st birthday.

He refuted suggestions that he was doing so as he was expecting a payout from the help he gave Matthews.

Mr Hammond asked: "If you had any idea that the bags were to do with the disappearance of Becky Watts, would you have had anything to do with them?"

Ireland replied: "No."

Mr Hammond continued: "What if they were kilos of drugs or proceeds from a robbery?"

Ireland said: "No."

He told the court he was expecting to receive £20 to £40 for the lift he gave Matthews and an earlier lift he gave to Demetrius.

Days later, Ireland went to the pub with housemate Richard Whitton and recounted moving the items when they were both drunk.

"I remember I told him that a mate asked me to help a mate," Ireland said.

"He said it could have been anything in there. Stupidly I turned round and said 'yeah I think it was drugs because I saw a package'."

Ireland said he estimated the size of the package, using his hands, based on what he had seen in a film.

Mr Hammond asked: "Had you seen anything?"

He replied: "No, I didn't see nothing."

Ireland told the court he joked with Mr Whitton about becoming drug dealers and selling the packages for between £5,000 and £20,000.

"It was just me and Rich just being idiots," he said. "I was showing off and he was playing along."

Ireland said he sent Snapchat messages to Demetrius about Becky Watts in the days after helping Matthews move the packages.

"It was just a conversation as over his side of town was where it happened," he said.

"Obviously it is not a nice thing to happen in Bristol, let alone close to where you live."

On March 2, Ireland and Demetrius left work in Filton and drove to Barton Court to collect films and drop off McDonalds for Parsons, he said.

Ireland said he planned to watch the film, Let's Be Cops, at work as it was quiet during that night shift.

The pair picked up the film, dropped off the food and began to drive back to Filton when they were arrested, he said.

Mr Hammond said: "You now know you were involved in moving packages containing the body parts of Becky Watts - how does that make you feel?"

Ireland replied: "Upset, shocked and distraught and disgusted.

"It has ruined my life because I have been stuck away from my girlfriend and my mum, my brothers and sisters for something I didn't know happened and I would not have got involved it," he added.

"It's put a massive strain on my life."

The court heard Ireland is not allowed to take his medication for ADHD while in prison.