In­clud­ing To Catch a Se­rial Killer with Trevor Mcdon­ald

How the po­lice brought dou­ble mur­derer Christo­pher Hal­li­well to jus­tice

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ON19 MARCH 2011, 22-year-old

Sian O’cal­laghan dis­ap­peared af­ter a night out with friends in Swin­don. Wilt­shire Po­lice launched a miss­ing per­son’s in­quiry, and their only lead was grainy CCTV footage.

For­tu­nately, it re­vealed a vi­tal clue. It showed Sian walk­ing into the head­lights of a car, which of­fi­cers later iden­ti­fied as a Toy­ota Aven­sis be­long­ing to taxi driver Christo­pher Hal­li­well. Hop­ing Sian could still be alive, de­tec­tives ar­rested Hal­li­well on sus­pi­cion of kid­nap.

‘The main ques­tion was,

“Is Sian still alive?” Will you tell us where Sian is?’ says Det Supt Steve

Fulcher, who led the in­quiry. ‘All I could do was plead with him for her life.’

Hal­li­well drove de­tec­tives to a re­mote road close to

Uff­in­g­ton in Ox­ford­shire where Sian’s body was later found. But, in a bizarre twist, Hal­li­well then led them to the spot where he’d buried an­other vic­tim – 20-year-old Becky God­den, who had gone miss­ing in 2003.

The mur­ders are re­called in this new ITV doc­u­men­tary, pre­sented by Sir Trevor Mcdon­ald, which fea­tures re­con­struc­tions and talks to the vic­tims’ rel­a­tives.

It turned out to be far from an open-and-shut case. Hal­li­well re­fused to co-op­er­ate at the sta­tion and it be­came the po­lice’s word against his. In 2012, he was found guilty of Sian’s mur­der and later, in 2016, of Becky’s mur­der af­ter soil sam­ples were found on a spade that placed him in the field where her re­mains were found.

That wasn’t the end of the story, how­ever. Be­cause Det Supt Fulcher had breached po­lice rules by not cau­tion­ing and charg­ing Hal­li­well or of­fer­ing him ac­cess to a so­lic­i­tor when he led of­fi­cers to Becky’s grave, he was found guilty of gross mis­con­duct and later re­signed. But he re­mains adamant that what he did was the right thing at the time.

‘I’ve brought two daugh­ters back to their moth­ers and pre­vented other vic­tims,’ he says.

‘But for my course of ac­tion, Becky would still be in that field,

Sian would never be found, and

Hal­li­well would still be on the streets.’


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