Sunday 22 April 2018

Van attacked as Sian murder suspect arrives in court

David Wilcock in London

The devastated father of Sian O'Callaghan yesterday described her as "bright, bubbly, caring and friendly", hours after angry scenes erupted as the man accused of her murder appeared in court. Fighting back tears, Mick O'Callaghan said that his family's pain at hearing of the 22-year-old's death had been "raw and overwhelming".

Earlier a police convoy was attacked outside Swindon Magistrates' Court as taxi driver Christopher Halliwell (47) appeared in open court for the first time since being charged with killing Ms O'Callaghan.

A crowd of more than 100 people screamed obscenities and tried to attack the van carrying Mr Halliwell.

At a brief hearing, Mr Halliwell, of Ashbury Avenue, Swindon, was remanded in custody until Wednesday when he will appear for a bail hearing at Bristol Crown Court. He will face a full hearing at the same court on April 8.

Ms O'Callaghan went missing in the early hours of Saturday March 19. Her body was discovered 15 miles away last Thursday.

Irish Independent

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