Stepbrother and Girlfriend Duo Being Held On Suspicion of Murdering Becky Watts
Stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 28, and his girlfriend Shauna Phillips , 21, are being held on suspicion of murder. Police have until this afternoon to charge the pair or release them.
Becky Watts went missing on February 19. Yesterday, police discovered body parts in a house in Barton Hill after receiving new information on Monday night. As a result of finding the body parts, five more people were arrested in connection with Becky’s murder. Two men aged 29, two men aged 23 and a 23-year-old woman were taken into custody on suspicion of assisting an offender. All seven suspects remain in police custody.
A photograph has also emerged of Matthews and Phillips.
The couple have been in police custody for five days on suspicion of murdering Matthews’ 16-year-old stepsister Becky Watts.
Officers were granted an extra 24 hours to question the couple , however this extra time expires this afternoon at which point they must be charged, or released.
Becky’s’ family said the ghastly discovery has left them “heartbroken and devastated”.
Matthews’s mother Anjie is married to Becky’s father and has sat next to him during televised appeals for his teenager’s safe return. Matthew’s girlfriend Phillips had posted several appeals on Facebook for information about Becky’s disappearance since she vanished almost two weeks ago. The posts on Facebook by Phillips included messages from Becky’s father pleading for any information.
One post read: “Police have turned my house upside down trying to find any clues. What fresh new hell will we go through today?”
A joint statement was released by Becky’s mother Tania, grandmother Pat, and brother Daniel Watts, following discovery of body.
“We are devastated to be told of this latest development,” it read. We are at an utter loss to understand why anyone would want to hurt our beautiful Becky in such a brutal way.”
Becky’s Father and stepmother Anjie said in a separate statement that the news about their “dear daughter” was “too much to bare.”