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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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Pathologist: Sian died from stab wounds and neck compression

Home Office pathologist Dr Amanda Jeffrey carried out a post mortem examination and found that Sian O'Callaghan had died from the combined effects of two stab wounds to the head and neck, as well as compression to the neck.

There was further evidence of blunt trauma to the back of the head and areas of external deep bruising to her face.

The trauma to Miss O'Callaghan's head could have been caused either by her falling, being pushed to the ground or by her head being forcibly struck by a broad object.

This resulted in a fracture to the skull and the bruising on her body was consistent with being punched or kicked.

There was also evidence of bruising to the neck, which could have been caused by either compression, blunt force trauma or a combination of both.

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