CABBIE Chris Halliwell will appear in court today accused of murdering night-clubber Sian O’Callaghan – as detectives try to identify a second body he led them to.
Extra security is expected when the 47-year-old father-of-three arrives at Swindon magistrates court this morning after being charged at 9.20pm on Saturday.
Sian, 22, a company director’s PA, vanished nine days ago after leaving the town’s Suju nightclub alone at 2.52am to walk half a mile to the flat she shared with boyfriend Kevin Reape, 25.
A massive hunt was launched 12 miles away in Savernake Forest after a phone mast picked up a signal from her mobile, 32 minutes after she left the club. Halliwell was arrested in his green Toyota Avensis cab when police swooped on an Asda car park in Swindon as he was about to pick up a fare on Thursday morning.
Hours later Halliwell led Det Supt Steve Fulcher to Sian’s body, close to a country lane near the famous White Horse at Uffington, Oxon. Police hope to identify the second body, also that of a woman, in the next 24 hours using dental and DNA records. Forensic archaeologists continued their search in the corner of a field at Baxter’s Farm, Eastleach, Glos, after Halliwell told police that the remains of another woman would be found there.
A piece of bone, believed to come from a leg or arm, was discovered at the site on Saturday morning. DS Fulcher said yesterday: “Bones recovered from the site at Eastleach are believed to be from a young woman aged between 23 and 30 years.