Becky Watts murder trial jury sworn in


A jury to try four people charged in connection with the murder of teenager Becky Watts will be sworn in today.

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's stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 28, is charged with her murder, alongside his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21.

The couple are also charged with conspiracy to kidnap, perverting the course of justice, preventing Becky's lawful burial and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Donovan Demetrius, 29, and James Ireland, 23, are charged with assisting an offender.

Trial judge Mr Justice Dingemans yesterday began the process of selecting a jury of 12 people who will try the case.

The panel will be sworn in this morning, with a further two people asked to act as alternative jurors in case of any issues.

Matthews, of Hazelbury Drive, Warmley, South Gloucestershire, Hoare, of Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol, Demetrius, of Marsh Lane, Redfield, Bristol and Ireland, of Richmond Villas, Avonmouth, deny the charges against them.

The trial is expected to last for up to six weeks.

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