Becky Watts – Shauna Hoare and Nathan Matthews to appeal

Becky Watts – Shauna Hoare and Nathan Matthews to appeal

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We covered the case of Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare who were convicted of (respectively) the murder and manslaughter of Becky Watts in November 2015.

On 10th December 2015 we learned that both have lodged appeals against their conviction and sentence. At the moment, we don’t have the basis of what the Grounds would be (there is a standing invitation to anyone who is appealing to publish their grounds, suitably edited), so it’s pretty hard to comment (other than to say that they will have an uphill battle).

We have a fact sheet as to how appeals against conviction and sentence works.

This will be well reported in the media, so we will return to it if and when it gets to the Court of Appeal.

Dan is a barrister at 2 Dr. Johnson’s Buildings practising in crime.


  1. In your fact sheet on appeals from the High Court you say that the single judge makes a decision about whether or not to allow the appeal to proceed to a full hearing on the basis of “reading the papers”, leaving me wondering what these”papers” are. I assume the defense submits a written argument, but does the prosecution submit a rebuttal at this stage? Does the single judge, as of right, have the trial judge’s sentencing remarks, and perhaps the summing up, or does he or she just see what the defense wish to submit?
    In the case of Hart, the criminal was punished further for an unmeritorious appeal, but are sanctions ever taken against the defense lawyers in such cases?