Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DAD'S TEARS FOR SIAN; Family Pain as Anger Erupts outside Court

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DAD'S TEARS FOR SIAN; Family Pain as Anger Erupts outside Court

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THE devastated father of Sian O'Callaghan described her as "bright, bubbly, caring and friendly", hours after angry scenes erupted as the man accused of her murder appeared in court. Fighting back tears Mick O'Callaghan said his family's pain at hearing of the 22-year-old's death had been "raw and overwhelming".

Earlier a police convoy was attacked outside Swindon Magistrates' Court as taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, 47, appeared in court for the first time since being charged with killing Miss O'Callaghan.

RAGE: Halliwell Abuse was shouted from the public gallery in court and, after the short hearing, a crowd of more than 100 people screamed obscenities and tried to attack the van carrying Halliwell as it took him away.

Afterwards Mr O'Callaghan, flanked by his daughter's older brother Liam, spoke at a press conference at Swindon's Gablecross Police Station.

Reading from a prepared statement, he said: "Sian was a bubbly, friendly, caring and loving girl. …

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