Thursday, 9 June 2016

Christopher Halliwell says he will represent himself during the trial, which is expected to hear from around 100 witnesses.
12:39, UK,Thursday 09 June 2016

Becky Godden Edwards
A taxi driver has denied killing a 20-year-old prostitute whose body was found in a shallow grave eight years after she vanished.
Christopher Halliwell pleaded not guilty to the murder of Becky Godden between 1 January, 2003 and 3 April, 2008, at a plea hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday.
He appeared via a video link from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire.
The court heard the 52-year-old will be representing himself during the trial.
The father-of-three, who previously lived in Swindon, was charged by Wiltshire Police on 30 March.
Christopher Halliwell
Miss Godden's body was found in a field in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, in March 2011.
The last confirmed sighting of her was by a police officer in Swindon in December 2002.
Miss Godden, who had become involved with drugs and prostitution, had broken off contact with her family.
She had said she could not face putting her mother, Karen Edwards, through the pain of watching her succumb to drugs.
Her mother, and her father John Godden, watched the court proceedings from a packed public gallery.
The court heard around 100 witnesses would be giving evidence at the trial, which will begin on 5 September.