The step-brother of Becky Watts and his girlfriend appear in court over her killing

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  • The 16-year-old was confirmed dead after going missing earlier this year
  • Her step-brother and his girlfriend were later charged with her murder
  • Four others have been charged with assisting an offender
  • They appeared in court today ahead of a trial planned for October 

By Richard Spillett for MailOnline

Published: 14:36 GMT, 4 August 2015 | Updated: 14:56 GMT, 4 August 2015

Six people have appeared before a judge charged in connection with the murder of teenager Becky Watts.

Becky, 16, vanished from her family home in Crown Hill, Bristol, on February 19 and was reported missing the following day.

Police launched a huge search, which led to Becky’s body parts being discovered at a house in Barton Hill, Bristol, on March 2.

Becky Watts was killed after going missing earlier this year
Her father Darren Galsworthy was at court today to see six people charged over her killing, including her step-brother and his girlfriend

Becky Watts was killed after going missing earlier this year. Her father Darren Galsworthy was at court today to see six people charged over her killing, including her step-brother and his girlfriend

Becky’s stepbrother, Nathan Matthews, 28, was later charged with her murder, alongside his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21.

The couple were also charged with perverting the course of justice, conspiracy to commit false imprisonment, preventing Becky’s lawful burial and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Karl Demetrius, 29, Donovan Demetrius, 29, Jaydene Parsons, 23, and James Ireland, 23, were charged with assisting an offender.

All six defendants appeared before Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, for a hearing at Bristol Crown Court. Matthews and Hoare appeared via a video link.

Becky's step-brother Nathan Matthews has been charged with murder
Shauna Hoare has charged with murder

Becky's step-brother Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare have been charged with murder

The court heard a trial date has been set for October 6 in court room one, with proceedings expected to last for up to five weeks.

The hearing was attended by a large number of Becky’s family and friends, including her birth mother, Tania Watts, brother Daniel and grandmother Pat.

Becky’s father Darren was also flanked by his wife, Anjie, Becky’s uncles, Sam and Joe Glasworthy, and Sarah Broom, Becky’s aunt.

Members of the defendants’ families also packed into the crowded court room, with many wearing badges featuring a photograph of the teenager.

Matthews, of Warmley, South Gloucestershire, Hoare, of Bristol, Karl Demetrius, of Bristol, and Ireland, of Avonmouth, were remanded in custody.

Parsons, of Bristol, and Donovan Demetrius, of Bristol, were released on conditional bail.

Many of Becky's family and friends who attended court today wore badges with a photograph of the teenager

Many of Becky's family and friends who attended court today wore badges with a photograph of the teenager

Becky disappeared from her father Darren Galsworthy’s home in St George, Bristol, on February 19 this year.

He reported her missing the following afternoon and police issued their first public appeal three days after she was last seen.

Avon and Somerset Police launched a huge search operation involving six police teams and Becky’s distraught family made emotional public appeals for her to return home.

In the following days forensics officers searched a number of properties, including her family home and two others. 

Becky’s body parts were discovered in a nearby house on Monday 2 March - 11 days after she was reported missing.

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