Every third day, in our #EveryThreeDays campaign, I write about a woman killed by a man. Previously in this campaign, which started on the 2nd of May 2021, we have remembered 49 women, the last being Maxine Showers, 42, who lived in Fairfield, Liverpool.
Today we remember Becky Watts,16, who her stepbrother killed.
Becky lived in Bristol, with The Sun saying this:
Becky Watts was a 16-year-old student living in Bristol with her dad Darren Galsworthy and his wife Angie in 2015. She was reported missing on the 20th of February 2015 at around 4 pm by her family, who said her disappearance was “out of character”. A social media campaign called #FindBecky was launched, but it was already too late. It later emerged the tragic teen had been murdered the day before she was reported missing.
The date of her death was revealed as February 19, 2015, which was the day of her brother Dan’s 20th birthday.
Her body was discovered chopped up and hidden as part of a sick kidnap plot by her evil step-brother Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend, Shauna Hoare.
Becky had suffered more than 40 injuries as she desperately fought for her life against the evil pair – before she was eventually suffocated and her corpse sawn up in a bath. The cold-blooded killers then bundled Becky’s body into the boot of their Vauxhall Zafira — before staying at the family home for another six hours as if nothing had happened.
Back at their home two miles away Becky’s corpse was chopped into eight pieces with an £80 circular saw bought from B&Q.
In November 2015, Matthews, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 33 years.
Hoare was found guilty of Becky’s manslaughter and sentenced to 17 years in prison. In June 2016 the couple lost a bid to quash their combined sentences of 50 years for her murder.
Judges said they were satisfied there is “no reasonable argument” that the convictions were “unsafe or that the sentences were wrong”.