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Sian death 'was worst of the worst'

The mother of murdered Sian O'Callaghan has described news of her daughter's death as "the worst of the worst" she could imagine.

Sian O'Callaghan, a personal assistant from Swindon, went missing from the town's Suju nightclub on March 19. Her body was found close to the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire last Thursday.

Elaine O'Callaghan has appeared in public only once - at the first press conference, more than a week ago - with the heartbreak of her missing daughter obvious as she wiped tears from her cheeks.

Speaking publicly for the first time, she told the Swindon Advertiser: "I always had hope but I still tried to prepare myself for the worst."

She added: "It was the worst of the worst that I could've imagined, but they'd found her. It was a relief in a way. I would have hated to live the rest of my life looking over my shoulder and looking at every brunette girl, wondering if it was her."

Detective Inspector Steve Fulcher, who was leading the investigation into her disappearance, told the family on Thursday that police had found Miss O'Callaghan's body.

On Monday her father Mick paid an emotional tribute to his "bubbly, friendly, caring and loving" daughter. Fighting back tears, he said that his family's pain had been "raw and overwhelming".

Flanked by his son Liam, he added: "She was instantly likeable, beautiful and considerate. Our memories of Sian will be a comfort to us in the dark days ahead."

The statement came hours after Christopher Halliwell, of Ashbury Avenue, Swindon, appeared at the town's magistrates' court charged with her murder. A police convoy was attacked outside the court as the 47-year-old taxi driver appeared for the first time since being charged.

On Wednesday Halliwell was remanded into custody after appearing at Bristol Crown Court. He will next appear at the same court on April 8 via videolink from Bristol's Horfield Prison, where he is being held on remand after no application for bail was made.


From Belfast Telegraph