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Teen Becky Watts' killers lose appeals over convictions

By Cathy Gordon

The killers of Becky Watts have lost challenges against their convictions and sentences.

The teenager's step-brother, Nathan Matthews (29), and his girlfriend, Shauna Hoare (22), had their cases dismissed by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

The proceedings followed an earlier rejection of the pair's applications to appeal by a judge.

A ruling on their renewed bids for permission was given by Lady Justice Macur, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies and the Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone.

Matthews was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 33 years after being found guilty of 16-year-old Becky's murder. Hoare was jailed for 17 years after being convicted of manslaughter.

They targeted Becky because of their dislike of her and a shared sexual interest in petite teenage girls.

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