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Couple who "unwittingly" hid Becky Watts' body to be sentenced

Becky Watts
Becky Watts

A couple who "unwittingly" helped the killers of Becky Watts by hiding her remains in their garden shed will be sentenced.

Becky, 16, was murdered by her stepbrother Nathan Matthews after he hatched a sexually-motivated kidnap plot with his girlfriend Shauna Hoare.

Her body was dismembered with a circular saw and hidden in a garden shed in Barton Court, Bristol - 80 yards from the couple's home.

Karl Demetrius, 30, and his girlfriend Jaydene Parsons, 23, allowed Matthews to store items in their shed in exchange for a share of £10,000.

Bristol Crown Court heard Demetrius and Parsons believed the bags and storage box they had hidden contained drugs or stolen goods.

Police gained entry to the locked shed and discovered Becky's body - dismembered into eight parts - on March 3 last year.

Parsons, mother to a young son and 14-week-old baby, and Demetrius later admitted a charge of assisting an offender.

Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, will sentence the couple at Bristol Crown Court on Friday.

Matthews was jailed for life and Hoare for 17 years after both were convicted of killing Becky at her home in Crown Hill, Bristol, on February 19 last year.

After Becky was suffocated, the pair placed her body in their Vauxhall Zafira and drove it to their home in Cotton Mill Lane in the city.

They dismembered her with an £80 saw purchased from B&Q, carefully packing her remains with cling film and tape.

On February 23, Demetrius agreed to hide a storage box and bags for Matthews after receiving a phone call from him.

Parsons texted her boyfriend: "ah ok you guna hide it for him? we could do with the money lol xxxx", later adding "cool that's a deposit on a house lol".

Grainy CCTV footage captured Matthews, Demetrius and his work colleague moving the items to the shed in the early hours of the following morning.

Demetrius and Parsons were arrested on the night of March 2, after Matthews confessed to killing Becky and directed police to the shed.

The couple, who admitted assisting an offender, clung to each other and kissed goodbye in the dock following a hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday.

Richard Posner, prosecuting, told the court the couple had been motivated by money when they "unwittingly" agreed to hide Becky's remains.

"Their actions contributed to the delay in finding Rebecca," he said.

The court heard Parsons has been forced to move out of Bristol, while Demetrius will require police protection after his release from prison.

Matthews and Hoare are both appealing against their convictions and sentences.