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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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Sian's mum: 'I am just a mother who wants her daughter back'

Prosecutor Ian Lawrie QC read to the court extracts of the harrowing statements made by the loved ones of Miss O'Callaghan.

Sian's mother, Elaine O'Callaghan, who was comforted by her partner Pete Shawe, described a mother's anguish:

There is never total closure, just excepting my life has changed forever. I am just a mother who wants her daughter back.

Kevin Reape, Sian's boyfriend, who sat in the public gallery sobbing silently throughout the proceedings, said:

Words cannot describe the pain and anguish I felt during these six days she was missing.

My heart was ripped out, my life has been destroyed. Sian was a beautiful, happy-go-lucky person who could cheer up the most miserable of people.

I will spend the rest of my life being grateful for the time we had together.

Mick O'Callaghan, the victim's father, said:

My eldest daughter was the most lovely and fantastic daughter. This statement cannot explain the awful harrowing loss of Sian.

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