Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Sian murder accused to face judge

The minicab driver accused of murdering Sian O'Callaghan is to appear before a High Court judge

The man accused of murdering Sian O'Callaghan will appear before a High Court judge.

Minicab driver Christopher Halliwell will appear before Mr Justice Burnett at Bristol Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.

Halliwell, 47, of Ashbury Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, will not be in court in person but instead will appear via video link from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire.

When he made his first public appearance after being charged with Miss O'Callaghan's murder there were angry scenes inside and outside Swindon Magistrates' Court.

Miss O'Callaghan, 22, went missing after leaving Swindon's Suju nightclub in the early hours of March 19.

She lived in a flat just half a mile away with her boyfriend, Kevin Reape, 25. Shortly before her disappearance, the personal assistant sent a final text message to her partner, saying: "Where are you? x".

Hundreds of people turned out to help a public search of Savernake Forest, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, when her mobile phone was traced to the area after she left the club.

But her body was discovered 15 miles away, close to the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire. An inquest heard that she probably died from head injuries.

Earlier this week detectives revealed that a second body found in a field at Baxter's Farm in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, was that of Becky Godden-Edwards. Police began excavating the site after being taken there by Halliwell following his arrest for Miss O'Callaghan's kidnap.

Detectives investigating the murders of the two women have said they are looking at the possibility of further victims.

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