Mum vows to fight on for justice for Becky
9:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in Latest News
EXACTLY one year ago Karen Edwards vowed to shout as loud as she could to get justice for her murdered daughter Becky Godden-Edwards.
Twelve months on from her suspected killer Chris Halliwell being jailed for life for the murder of Sian O’Callaghan, Karen has collected 21,000 signatures in her campaign for a change in police interview procedure, the officer in charge of the case is to face a conduct hearing and new evidence in the cases of Madeleine McCann and Melanie Hall has given the 52-year-old fresh hope of the possibility of a conviction for her daughter’s murder.
Both the Edwards and the Godden families’ lives were thrown into turmoil when it was revealed mini-cab driver Halliwell had taken Det Supt Steve Fulcher to not only Sian’s body but also that of a second woman, which DNA tests proved was Becky.
Becky disappeared at the end of 2002 after a battle with drug addiction but her family believed she was still alive – until Det Supt Fulcher knocked on their door on what would have been Becky’s 29th birthday.
But due to breaches of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act by the lead detective in questioning the 48-year-old killer, which the independent Police Complaints last month found he had a case to answer to, the charge for Becky’s murder was withdrawn. Karen says that although she has had closure in that she has been able to lay her daughter to rest, she cannot rest until her killer is brought to justice.
The fear that a similar situation could arise again has driven her to pursue her quest to change PACE to Parliament.
She said: “It’s been full on and a real rollercoaster – I can’t believe it has been a year already.
“I have to stay focused and channel my energy into making sure some good can come of this and that the injustice cannot happen to another family.
“The petition is how I am trying to do that and it has been unbelievable the support we have got – at the last count it was 21,000 and there are packs still out there.
“I have had people come up to me in the middle of the supermarket while we’ve been collecting signatures and we’ve hugged, we’ve cried – these are people I’ve never met before.”
Karen has already met Policing Minister Damian Green, who has not ruled out a review of PACE, and she has appealed to the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police to take her views into account in any disciplinary action against Det Supt Fulcher.
But her quest for a conviction for Becky’s killer may be the hardest challenge she faces – she is determined to meet Halliwell, of Ashbury Avenue, Nythe, in person and believes the public may still hold valuable information that could lead to a conviction.
She said: “When I think about Maddy going missing I feel I can relate to what they must be going through – Becky was missing for eight years. At least I have had some form of closure but they haven’t had any.
“The new evidence in her case and also Melanie Hall gives me hope – absolutely. Even after all these years evidence can still come to light.
“People have been telling me all sorts over the last year and I will pass that information on to police. The case is still very much open.
“Any small thing anyone knows or remembers might be the piece of the jigsaw that makes the difference and they should tell police.
“I’m not going to rest – even it takes decades. I could just sit at home and hate the world and be angry but I can’t do that, I have to be positive.”
The petition to change PACE is available to sign at the Adver offices and at Sainsbury’s in the Brunel Centre.