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Sian O'Callaghan murder - the police investigation

Sian O'Callaghan
Sian O'Callaghan disappeared after a night out with friends in Swindon last year Credit: PA

Christopher Halliwell, a 48-year-old taxi driver from Swindon, has been jailed for life after pleading guilty to murdering 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan. The young woman disappeared after a night out with friends on March 19, 2011. Her body was found in Uffington on March 24, 2011.

ITV West Country reporter Robert Murphy has been following the case. Click on this link to see his report on the police investigation into the murder of Sian O'Callaghan.


Sian's mother 'I'm just a mum who wants her daughter back.'


Sian's mobile calls from worried boyfriend were picked up by mobile masts at Bayden and Cadley in Savernake Forest.


Halliwell then moved Sian's body to copse near Uffington White Horse.


Sian's mother Elaine: 'I'm just a mum who wants her daughter back.'

Prosecution outlines Halliwell case - from our reporter in court


Pros: Halliwell was minicab driver. He stopped her as she left night club. He took her to Savernake Forest where he stabbed her.


Halliwell had clocked off his shift. & turned off his cab tracking device. CCTV shows him cruising streets 'in circular movements...'


... Before abducting Sian. He makes 4 or 5 passes. CCTV shows him passing Sian, turn around and stop. Glare of headlamps distorts image

Taxi driver admits Sian's murder

A taxi driver from Swindon has admitted that he murdered nightclubber Sian O'Callaghan.

Father-of-three Christopher Halliwell, 48, of Ashbury Avenue, pleaded guilty to the charge during a hearing at Bristol Crown Court.

Miss O'Callaghan, 22, disappeared after leaving Swindon's Suju nightclub in the early hours of March 19 last year after a night out with friends.

Hundreds turned out to help in the search for her but police found her body in Uffington, Oxfordshire, on March 24, after being taken there by Halliwell.

Miss O'Callaghan left the nightclub at 2.53am for the short walk to the home she shared with boyfriend Kevin Reape.

Shortly after she walked past the Goddard Arms on the High Street in the Old Town area, she fell into Halliwell's clutches by getting into his taxi.


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