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Date set for officer's gross misconduct hearing

Wiltshire Police has set a date for a hearing to decide whether Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher committed gross misconduct in relation to the case of Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden-Edwards.

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Detective will face panel in private

Wiltshire Police has confirmed a date for a hearing to decide whether the detective who investigated the murder of Sian O'Callaghan committed gross misconduct in relation to the case and to the investigation of the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards (also known as Becky Godden).

A panel of independent members will meet from 20th January 2014 for a private hearing expected to last five days.

The panel was established after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found that Detective Superintendent Fulcher had a case to answer for gross misconduct relating to three alleged breaches to the Standards of Professional Behaviour, as outlined by the Police Conduct Regulations 2008. It would be inappropriate for Wiltshire Police to make any comment until the hearing has concluded. We will inform the media of the panel’s decision when it has been made."

– Wiltshire Police statement

Christopher Halliwell was convicted of Sian O'Callaghan's murder in 2011. He later showed police where Becky Godden-Edwards was buried, but a judge ruled he could not be charged with her murder because he had not been read his rights by police.

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