Step-brother and girlfriend charged over teenage Becky Watt’s murder

The stepbrother of 16-year-old Becky Watts appeared before a court charged with her murder.

Nathan Matthews, 28, did not enter a plea to the single charge during a short hearing at Bristol Magistrates’ Court.

His girlfriend, Shauna Hoare, 21, also appeared before the court charged with intending to pervert the course of public justice.

Charges allege that Matthews murdered Becky between February 18 and March 1 in Bristol.

Hoare is accused of intending to pervert the course of public justice by “hindering” the police investigation to assist Matthews.

Members of the public gathered outside the court then punched and shouted at three white custody vans leaving the building.

District Judge Lynne Matthews told Matthews he would next appear before Bristol Crown Court today, via video link.

“I cannot entertain any application for bail this morning and thus I will remand you in custody until tomorrow,” said the judge.”

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said five people arrested on Monday of suspicion of assisting an offender remain in custody.


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