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Sian taxi murderer gets life

Taxi driver Christopher Halliwell has been jailed for life after admitting the murder of Sian O'Callaghan, who disappeared after a night out in Swindon in March last year. But he escaped justice over a second murder because of a police blunder.

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Halliwell visited body site four times, court hears

On the night Sian O'Callaghan disappeared, Christopher Halliwell had signed off from work but, instead of going home, he cruised the streets of Swindon in his green Toyota Avensis taxi looking for a victim.

The court heard that he took Miss O'Callaghan to Savernake Forest where he murdered her.

Police discovered that, in the 24 hours after Miss O'Callaghan was abducted, Halliwell made four visits to the area where her body had been hidden.

Prosecutor Ian Lawrie QC told the court: "He had carried out a reconnaissance for a possible deposition site for Sian O'Callaghan."

By the early hours of March 21, Halliwell had moved Miss O'Callaghan's body from Savernake Forest to the spot where it was later found.

He then attempted to cover his tracks by cleaning his car and burning his seat covers.

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