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Mother pleads for help after Halliwell escapes justice over second murder

The mother of Becky Godden-Edwards has appealed for help in getting justice for her death.

It has emerged that a police blunder meant a charge relating to Becky, against taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, had to be withdrawn.

Karen Edwards said; "after a very complicated and painful journey over the last eighteen months, Sian's family have today had the justice for the murder of their beautiful daughter. However our families' fight for justice for Becky has only just begun.

"I would like the full support of you all to help me get justice for my daughter Becky."


IPCC to investigate police handling of murders

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to independently investigate breaches of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act in the investigation into the deaths of Rebecca Godden and Sian O'Callaghan:

Police hail 'great dignity and courage' of Sian O'Callaghan's family

Wiltshire Police have expressed their sympathy for the family of Sian O'Callaghan and praised their, "great dignity throughout the court process."

In a statement the police said:

"This was a complex and fast moving investigation and from the outset the priority of the Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher was always to try and find Sian alive but unfortunately this was not possible.

"This was a violent and brutal murder of a young woman in the prime of her life. It is likely that Sian suffered horrifically from the point that she was abducted.

"Halliwell, in committing this crime, betrayed his position of trust as a taxi driver as he preyed on a lone vulnerable female.

"Today’s hearing was about bringing justice for Sian’s family. They have continued to display great courage and dignity and we hope this will provide them with some comfort at this most difficult time."

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