Becky Watts killers lose conviction and sentence appeals


Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend, Shauna Hoare, the couple who killed teenager Becky Watts, have lost their challenges against their convictions and sentences at the court of appeal.

Becky Watts. Photograph: Rex Shutterstock

Matthews, 28, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 33 years for murdering Becky, his stepsister. Hoare, 21, was jailed for a minimum of 17 years for the manslaughter of the 16-year-old. Both were convicted of conspiracy to kidnap, perverting the course of justice, preventing lawful burial and possessing two stun guns.

During the trial at Bristol crown court last year, the jury heard the pair targeted Becky due to their dislike of her and a shared sexual interest in petite teenage girls. They took tape, handcuffs and a stun gun to her home in on 19 February 2015 and let themselves in when they knew Becky was alone.

Becky suffered more than 40 injuries before she was smothered to death by Matthews. He then, along with Hoare, dismembered her body with a circular saw in the bathroom of their home, also in Bristol.

The pair had lodged an appeal against all of their convictions and sentences. The proceedings followed an earlier rejection of the pair’s applications for permission to appeal by a single judge.

Thursday’s hearing was watched via video link from Bristol by members of Becky’s family.

A ruling on their renewed bids for permission was given on Thursday by Lady Justice Macur, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies and the recorder of Liverpool, judge Clement Goldstone. Announcing the decision, Macur said: “We are satisfied that there is no reasonable argument that the convictions are unsafe or that the sentences were wrong in principle or manifestly excessive.”

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