The family of murdered 16-year-old Becky Watts recently presented new evidence regarding the slain girl to a child board, shedding new light on what the teen was going through before she was murdered by her stepbrother and his girlfriend, as reported by BBC.
According to Watts’ family, she was the victim of online bullying and blackmail, in which a “young male peer” tried to coerce her into performing sex acts, on threat of posting nude photographs on the Internet. This was before she was brutally murdered by stepbrother Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend, Shauna Hoare, on February 19, 2015.
Watts’ family members, including her father Darren Galsworthy, told the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board that they felt they could not keep her safe in light of the blackmail and online coercion.
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Watts visited with social workers and discussed the online abuse, telling them that she was afraid her father “would throw her out” if he knew all of the details surrounding the incident.
Galsworthy, however, told the board that caseworkers should have informed him of their conversation, which, in his words, left him unable to help his daughter as he had “not been included by professionals.”
The social workers also diagnosed Watts as having extreme anxiety, additionally describing her as “controlling,” “lacking aspiration” and “not engaged with the assessment.”
Stepbrother Matthews and girlfriend Hoare attempted to kidnap Watts, an attempt to turn her into a “sexual plaything,” but that soon led to murder, with the teen being suffocated to death and stabbed 15 times in the abdomen. Additionally, they dismembered her body with a circular saw and hid her remains in a nearby garden shed, as reported by The Guardian.
Matthews is currently serving a lifetime sentence behind bars, with a minimum of 33 years, and Hoare was sentenced to 17 years.
The child board has found Watts’ caseworkers to be at fault, writing “at the time of working with Becky there were inconsistencies” in the multi-agency approach to looking after the teen.
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