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Becky Watts murder: Stepbrother Nathan Matthews in court

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Image caption Becky Watts went missing from her family home on 19 February

The stepbrother of Bristol teenager Becky Watts has appeared in court charged with her murder.

Nathan Matthews, 28, of Warmley, Bristol, was arrested by police at the weekend before body parts were discovered in a Barton Hill house on Monday night.

Mr Matthews appeared at Bristol Crown Court via video link from HMP Bristol.

He was remanded into custody until the 26 March, when he is next due to appear at crown court.

BBC West reporter Andrew Plant, who was in court, said Mr Matthews appeared unshaven and was wearing a grey jumper.

"No family members were in court. There was no application for bail," he added.

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Image caption Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare were arrested at the weekend

Mr Matthews' girlfriend, Shauna Hoare, 21, appeared at Bristol Magistrates' Court - alongside Mr Matthews - on Thursday charged with perverting the course of justice.

She will appear before the crown court for a preliminary hearing on 2 April. There was no application for bail.

Four other men and a woman, all in their 20s, are still being questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender.

On Thursday, police were granted more time to question two men aged 29, two aged 23 and a woman aged 23, who had been arrested earlier in the week.

Bristol magistrates extended the time they are allowed to question them for a second day.

Becky, 16, was last seen on 19 February and was reported missing the following day.

The discovery of her body came after an extensive search across Bristol.

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