Killer Halliwell faces whole life order at second murder sentencing


A killer taxi driver faces a whole life order when he is sentenced today for his second murder.

Christopher Halliwell, 52, is already serving a life sentence for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan, 22, who he abducted in his taxi as she made her way home from a night out in Swindon in March 2011.

He confessed to killing Miss O'Callaghan and took police to her body before offering "another one" and leading them to where he had buried missing prostitute Becky Godden years earlier.

Halliwell later denied murdering Miss Godden but was convicted following a two-week trial at Bristol Crown Court, in which he represented himself.

He smirked at Miss Godden's family as the jury of six men and six women returned their verdict following less than three hours of deliberations.

Retired High Court judge Sir John Griffith Williams branded father-of-three Halliwell a liar and told him he faced either a whole life order or a "significant" minimum term of imprisonment.

A High Court judge initially ruled Halliwell's confessions could not be used as Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher had breached police guidelines on interviewing suspects.

The charge of murdering Miss Godden was withdrawn until March this year following an investigation by Wiltshire Police that uncovered overwhelming evidence against Halliwell.