Taxi driver in court on Becky Godden murder charge

Becky Godden (also known as Becky Godden Edwards) Image copyright Wiltshire Police

A taxi driver has appeared in court accused of murdering a woman who was missing for almost a decade.

Christopher Halliwell, 52, of Swindon, appeared via video link at Bristol Crown Court ahead of a trial due to begin next week.

The father-of-three has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Becky Godden, 20, between 1 January 2003 and 3 April 2008.

Miss Godden's body was found in a field in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, in 2011.

Mr Halliwell, previously of Ashbury Avenue, Swindon, was charged with Miss Godden's murder by Wiltshire Police on 30 March.

During an earlier hearing Mr Halliwell confirmed he had decided to represent himself during the murder trial, which will begin on 5 September before retired High Court judge Sir John Griffith Williams.

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