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  • 23 January 2014, 15:52

Murder Case Misconduct Detective To Keep Job

A detective disciplined for not following arrest guidelines in the Becky Godden-Edwards murder case will keep his job, police say.

Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcherhad previously been found to have breached murderer Christopher Halliwell's rights byfailing to caution him and denying him a solicitor in an attempt to force information out of him.

Although 49-year-old taxi driver Halliwell was jailed for life for killing Sian O'Callaghan, the charge that he murderedRebecca Godden-Edwards was dismissed due to MrFulcher'smistake.

But Ms Godden-Edwards' mother, Karen Edwards, told Sky News she was pleased the police officer had not been fired over the matter.

"I'm absolutely elated," she said.

"I felt for Steve. We were sat behind him in the court. It was said 'he went from hero to zero in three days'. I couldn't believe he'd been (accused of) gross misconduct.

"An outstanding police officer that only a couple of years ago was going to be given a medal by the Queen.

"At the end of the day, if Steve hadn't done what he did, we would have never known about Becky. She would have still been laid out in that field and possibly Sian could have still been there.

"This is what this is all about: He breached Pace [Police and Criminal Evidence Act]. But he broughtSian back. On the way back to the police station, out of the blue, Halliwell said: 'Do you want another?'."

A police disciplinary upheld three allegations of gross misconduct over alleged breaches of Wiltshire Police's policy and the Pace.

Two related to the execution of his duty during the Sian O'Callaghan and BeckyGodden-Edwards case in March 2011 and one related to inappropriate contact with the media around a year later.

The police watchdog report found Mr Fulcher breached the act and ignored orders from his own force during the high-profile inquiry in Swindon.

"The panel have upheld the allegation that Detective Superintendent Fulcher committed gross misconduct by breaching the standards of professional behaviour as outlined by the Police Conduct Regulations 2008," a force spokesman said.

"The panel has decided the most appropriate action is for Detective Superintendent Fulcher to be given a final written warning.

"He will remain within Wiltshire Police."

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