Abuse for Sian murder accused in court

Christopher Halliwell was met by a furious mob as he arrived at court on charges of the murder of Sian O'Callaghan

Christopher Halliwell has appeared in court today on charges of killing 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan.

The taxi driver, 47, arrived at Swindon Magistrates Court to be met by angry scenes, as a mob of around 100 attacked the police van he was travelling in, banging on the sides and shouting abuse. Two men were restrained by police and many chased the vehicle as it left the court following the hearing. 

He was met by further anger in court, when gallery onlookers hurled abuse, such as ‘you’re sick’ and ‘we’re going to kill you’, as he was led from the docks.

Christopher Halliwell outside Swindon Magistrates Court - murder, arrest, charged, double, two, Sian O

Halliwell spoke only to confirm his name and address and will now be remanded in custody until 30th March, when he will appear in Bristol Crown Court.

Christopher Halliwell outside Swindon Magistrates Court - murder, arrest, charged, double, two, Sian O

22-year-old Sian went missing on the night of Saturday 19 March after a night out with friends. Her body was discovered close to the the Uffington White Horse spot in Oxfordshire.

Halliwell was arrested on Thursday at a supermarket and officially charged with murder on Saturday night.

Wiltshire Police investigating the murder now continue to examine human remains found at a second site in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, on Saturday. Thought to be those of a woman aged between 23 and 30, they are yet to formally identify the victim, but believe she went missing between 2003 and 2005.

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