Supt Fulcher did not read the prisoner his rights

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Supt Fulcher did not read the prisoner his rights

Post by falkor » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:27 pm

It was a desperate time for Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher. His prime suspect for the kidnapping of Sian O'Callaghan, who had been missing for five days, had been arrested but was refusing to talk.
Steven Morris The Guardian, Friday 19 October 2012
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Rather than give in and order for Chris Halliwell to be taken to police station, Fulcher instructed him to be driven to an isolated hilltop. He was working on the premise that O'Callaghan could still be alive and wanted one last chance to look Halliwell in the eye and demand to know where she was.

Ignoring the rules governing how suspects should be treated – there was no solicitor present and Fulcher did not read the prisoner his rights – the detective persuaded Halliwell to lead him to the missing woman's body.

Dramatic enough, but what happened next was even more extraordinary. Out of the blue, Halliwell then took Fulcher to a field where the remains of a second woman had been buried years before.

The saga of the arrest, the unconventional interview and the discovery of the two bodies can be told for the first time after Swindon taxi driver pleaded guilty to O'Callaghan's murder.

It can also be finally revealed now that even though Halliwell led police to the second body, that of Becky Godden-Edwards, and told Fulcher he had killed her, he is not facing trial in relation to her death because a judge ruled that all the evidence gleaned during the four hours murderer and detective spent together was inadmissible in court.One family — Sian O'Callaghan's has at least had the satisfaction of seeing Halliwell convicted and jailed over the murder of their loved one. As far as Godden-Edwards's family is concerned, the fight for justice for her is only just starting.

O'Callaghan, a 22-year-old office administrator, vanished in the early hours of Saturday 19 March last year moments after leaving a nightclub in the Wiltshire town. Her disappearance, just three months after the murder of the Bristol landscape architect Joanna Yeates, became a huge story, with thousands of people joining the search

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