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Prime Minister pledges to look into Becky Godden-Edwards' murder
PRIME minister David Cameron has agreed to “look very carefully” at the case of murdered Becky Godden-Edwards after a Swindon MP raised it in Parliament.
At Prime Minister’s Questions at the House of Commons yesterday, Swindon South MP Robert Buckland asked the PM if he would support a review of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, after a top judge ruled a senior detective breached the codes of practice during the major investigation.
Last month Christopher Halliwell, of Ashbury Avenue, Nythe, was jailed for life at Bristol Crown Court after pleading guilty to Sian O’Callaghan's murder. But, despite also leading detectives to Becky’s body, a ruling by Mrs Justice Cox to exclude his confession as evidence in a potential trial meant Wiltshire Police had no other evidence to link him to her killing and the second charge was withdrawn.
Addressing the house, Mr Buckland said: “The person responsible for the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards, whose mother is my constituent, has not been brought to justice because of evidence excluded as part of the court process.
“Would my Right Honourable friend join my cause for a review of Code C of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act so that terrible situations like this cannot happen in future?”
To which Mr Cameron replied: “I will look very carefully at what my Right Honourable friend has raised, the specific case he mentions and also the issue of the PACE Act.
“It is always important that all information that possibly can be put in front of the court is put in front of the court so it can reach the correct decision.”
Speaking afterwards, Mr Buckland said: “I am encouraged by the PM’s response and look forward to seeing where we can go now. I have a few other tools at my disposal and we also have the online petition which is going well.”
Becky’s mum Karen Edwards, who has started an online petition on the Government’s website calling for an urgent review of the PACE, said she was pleased with Mr Cameron’s pledge.
“This is great news,” the 52-year-old said. “I have been busy emailing and calling people to vote and if you have checked the site you will see it is doing well as it has only been a couple of weeks.
“But we need more support.
“I have also had set up a Twitter account and an official Justice for Becky Facebook page to get the word out there.”
Last night the Justice for Becky petition had reached 790 signatures. To sign the petition visit www.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41204 click the ‘sign’ link and then verify your signature by email.