Anger as Sian O'Callaghan accused in court
The devastated father of Sian O'Callaghan has described her as “bright, bubbly, caring and friendly” hours after angry scenes erupted as the man accused of her murder appeared in court.
Fighting back tears, Mick O'Callaghan said that his family's pain at hearing of the 22-year-old's death had been “raw and overwhelming”.
Earlier a police convoy was attacked outside Swindon Magistrates Court as taxi driver Christopher Halliwell (47) appeared in open court for the first time since being charged with killing Miss O'Callaghan.
Abuse was shouted from the public gallery in Court 2 and, after the short hearing, a crowd of more than 100 people screamed obscenities and tried to attack the van carrying Halliwell as it took him away. A large number of them chased the van down the street.