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Becky Godden: minicab driver appears in court charged with murder of Swindon woman

Becky Godden's body was found in Gloucestershire in 2011. Credit: Godden family

A minicab driver has appeared in court charged with the murder of a Swindon woman who disappeared 14 years ago.

Becky Godden was last seen alive in December 2002. Her remains were found in a field in Eastleach, Gloucestershire in March 2011.

Christopher Halliwell, 52, a father of three from Swindon, is accused of murdering Becky between January 1 2003 and April 3 2008. Credit: ITV News

Christopher Halliwell, 52, a father of three from Swindon, is accused of murdering Becky between January 1 2003 and April 3 2008.

He appeared at Bristol Crown Court for this afternoon's hearing. He was not asked to enter a plea.

The hearing was adjourned.

Mother of murdered Becky fighting for change

The mother of murder victim Becky Godden-Edwards is taking a petition with more than 40,000 signatures to Downing Street today.

Karen Edwards is campaigning for a review of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.

Christopher Halliwell led police to her daughter's body in 2011 after he confessed to killing Sian O'Callaghan. He was not prosecuted after a judge ruled detectives ignored arrest guidelines.

Christopher Halliwell was not prosecuted for the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards. Credit: Family


'Human' bone in field where woman's body was found

Tributes left at the field in Eastleach, Glos, where Becky's body was found in 2011. Credit: PA

Police reinvestigating the Wiltshire serial killer Chris Halliwell have discovered more remains in the field where a woman's incomplete body was discovered three years ago. A bone, believed to be human, was found near the shallow grave of Becky Godden-Edwards in a field in Gloucestershire.

Becky Godden-Edwards. Credit: PA

MP calls for a review of police guidelines following the Halliwell case

Chris Halliwell was sentenced to life last week for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan Credit: Wiltshire Police

The MP for South Swindon has called for the Police and Criminal Evidence (Pace) Act guidelines to be re-examined after murderer Christopher Halliwell escaped justice for a second killing.

The taxi driver led officers to the bodies of Sian O'Callaghan and Becky Godden but a senior officer's failure to caution him and to deny him a solicitor meant the murder charge in Miss Godden's case had to be dropped.

Becky Godden's body was found at Eastleach in Gloucestershire. She'd been missing for eight years Credit: Wiltshire Police

Halliwell was jailed for life after admitting Miss O'Callaghan's murder.

Speaking in the Commons, Robert Buckland said the errors meant the family of Becky Godden have not received justice and it would be timely to look at the guidelines governing the detention and questioning of suspects.