Becky stepbrother faces Crown Court

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Published: Friday 6th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The stepbrother of 16-year-old Becky Watts will appear before a Crown Court judge today.

Nathan Matthews, 28, is due to appear at Bristol Crown Court in front of Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, at 10am via video-link.

Matthews first appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning, along with his girlfriend, Shauna Hoare, 21.

The couple, who share a terraced house in Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol, did not enter pleas and were remanded in custody.

Hoare, who is charged with intending to pervert the course of public justice, will appear at Bristol Crown Court on April 2.

Five people – four men and a woman – arrested on Monday on suspicion of assisting an offender remain in police custody.

They were arrested after detectives attended a house in Barton Court, Barton Hill in Bristol, following information that Becky’s body had been “cut up”.

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.

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.

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

Police launched a huge search after she was reporting missing the following afternoon, including a social media campaign using the hashtag #FindBecky.

Bouquets, teddies and cards have been left at Becky’s family home, as well as at Barton Court, and mourners have attended churches across the city to pay their respects.

Matthews was previously identified as the teenager’s stepbrother – the son of her father Darren Galsworthy’s wife Anjie – by family members.

Published: Friday 6th March 2015 by The News Editor

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