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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.


Halliwell sentenced to life: court report

A taxi driver has pleaded guilty to the murder of Sian O'Callaghan, who'd gone missing after a night out in Swindon last year. Christopher Halliwell admitted sexually assaulting her and stabbing her before dumping her body.

Today Bristol Crown Court heard Halliwell had been cruising around Swindon that night deliberately looking for a victim. However it's emerged that police were not able to proceed with another murder charge because of a legal mistake.

Our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy has been following the case and reports from Bristol Crown Court.


From our reporter Rob Murphy in court:

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