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Man charged with killing his teenage stepsister to appear in court

Becky Watts
Becky Watts

The stepbrother of 16-year-old Becky Watts will appear in court today charged with her murder.

Nathan Matthews, 28, and his girlfriend, Shauna Hoare, 21, will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court charged in connection with her death.

Matthews is accused of murdering his stepsister while Hoare is charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.

Four men and one woman, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, remain in police custody at this time.

Matthews and Hoare, who uses the surname Phillips on social media, were arrested on suspicion of Becky's kidnap on Saturday.

They were later rearrested on suspicion of her murder. Avon and Somerset Police announced that they had been charged yesterday afternoon.

A force spokesman said: "Nathan Matthews, 28, of Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol, has been charged with the murder of Rebecca Watts. He remains in custody and is due before Bristol Magistrates' Court tomorrow at 10am.

Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare

"Shauna Hoare, 21, of Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol, has been charged with intending to pervert the course of justice. She remains in custody and is due before Bristol Magistrates' Court tomorrow at 10am.

"The four men and one woman who were arrested on Monday on suspicion of assisting an offender remain in police custody at this time. A warrant of further detention was granted for these suspects at hearing earlier today."

Hoare was previously rushed to hospital by officers after "feeling unwell" in custody but returned after being seen by a doctor.

Becky, described as "wonderful" by her family, vanished from her home in Crown Hill, Bristol at 11.15am on February 19.

Avon and Somerset Police launched a huge search operation - involving six police teams each day - after she was reported missing the following afternoon.

On Monday night, detectives received information that Becky's body had been "cut up" and they attended a house in Barton Court, Barton Hill, Bristol.

Body parts were discovered at the address, which continues to be combed by forensics teams. A private ambulance was seen leaving the property on Tuesday afternoon.

Bouquets, teddies and cards have been left at the family home where Becky went missing, and at the site where body parts were found.

The five people arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender following the grim discovery are four men, aged 29, 29, 23 and 23, and one woman, also aged 23.

Matthews was identified as the teenager's stepbrother - the son of her father Darren's wife Anjie - by family members.