Tuesday 17 October 2017

Suspect due in court charged with murder of Sian (22)

David Wilcock in London

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of Sian O'Callaghan.

Christopher Halliwell (47), who was arrested by officers in a swoop on a taxi rank in Swindon last Thursday, was charged last night with killing the 22-year-old PA.

Ms O'Callaghan disappeared after leaving the Suju nightclub in Swindon the Saturday before last. Her body was discovered close to the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire last Thursday.

Yesterday police revealed they had removed all the remains of a second body found at a site near Eastleach, Gloucestershire. They are believed to belong to a woman aged between 23 and 30 who died between 2003 and 2005.

In a statement released last night, Wiltshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Mr Halliwell had been charged with Ms O'Callaghan's murder.

Serious

Simon Brenchley, district crown prosecutor for the CPS in Wiltshire, said: "I must remind the media to take care in reporting events surrounding this case. Mr Halliwell has been charged with a serious offence and is entitled to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice any trial."

Meanwhile, police officers and forensics experts continue to search a field in Gloucestershire where they found the remains of a second woman.

Her identity has yet to be revealed.

Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, who is leading the investigation, said: "Bones recovered from the site at Eastleach in Gloucestershire are believed to be those of a young woman with an estimated age of between 23 and 30.

"It has been indicated to me that this young woman was taken from the Swindon area between 2003 and 2005.

"The remains will now be subject of further forensic laboratory tests and a post-mortem examination.

"The police search at the site is expected to continue for the time being," he said.

Ms O'Callaghan was last seen alive in CCTV footage filmed close to Suju in the early hours of Saturday, March 19, after a night out with girl friends.

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