Det Supt Steve Fulcher to face disciplinary over rule breaking in Becky Godden-Edwards murder case
3:30pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A SENIOR detective who broke the rules in the search for Sian O’Callaghan is to face a disciplinary hearing in the wake of a highly critical Independent Police Complaints Commission report.
Wiltshire Police today issued a statement confirming Det Supt Steve Fulcher, will have to go through a formal conduct hearing following a review of the IPCC’s report earlier this week.
Det Supt Fulcher broke Police and Criminal Evidence Act procedures when he interviewed taxi driver Christopher Halliwell after the suspect indicated he had killed another woman instead of arresting him.
Halliwell, who was later convicted of murdering Sian, showed him the field at Eastleach where Becky Godden-Edwards’ remains lay. However the charge of murdering Becky was dropped because the officer had failed to follow PACE rules.
“This is a complex and emotive matter that involves a number of parties. We believe that it is important that this should be dealt with through the right process, fairly, independently and in an open and transparent manner,” it said.
“We are currently in the process of arranging the conduct hearing with an independent panel of senior officers from other forces so that due process can continue.
“Wiltshire Police are continuing to offer welfare support to Det Supt Fulcher throughout this on-going process.”