A Confession (2019): Season 1, Episode 6 - Episode 6 - full transcript

Following a rude demotion, Fulcher exiles himself in a Middle East teaching position. A new team of legals re-examine the PACE laws and bring him back for justice.

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Steve Fulcher was found guilty
of two counts of gross misconduct

and received
two final written warnings.

He chose not to appeal

and made the decision to resign
from the force.

I think we should all remember that.
He was not sacked.

He chose to leave.

There has been much speculation
by Fulcher

and, consequently, the media,

in relation to possible other
victims of Christopher Halliwell.

We at Wiltshire Police

made the ethical decision
to maintain a position



of not rising to these sensational
and unsubstantiated claims

because we believe
this would lead to a media frenzy.

The murder of Becky Godden
has raised a number of issues,

including the
Police And Criminal Evidence Act,

which was introduced in 1984.

I believe that,
if PACE is ethically followed

and delivered in line
with the codes of practice,

the right outcomes can be achieved
without evidence being inadmissible.

FLURRY OF QUESTIONS

OK, gentlemen,
I am now going to take you through

the basic stages
of the intelligence cycle.

Stage one
will be planning and direction,

in which we evaluate opportunities
and decide on strategy.

Er, do you want to...?
HE SPEAKS IN ARABIC



Thank you.
So, that's planning and direction.

Next, collection...

LOUD EXPLOSION

Is this the same one?

Yeah.

Christ...
Do you ever get used to that?

OK. Er, as I was saying,

stage two is collection.

When?
Yesterday.

I've told you before,
don't believe everything you read.

It's perfectly safe. Don't worry.
It was on BBC News.

There was a suicide bomb in Benghazi

only about half a mile
from your barracks.

It's news to me.

How have you been?

I'm really enjoying it.
I'm...

..feeling pretty chilled, actually.

And at least I'm wanted here.

I know you couldn't care less,
but Debs Peach told me

Pat Geenty's retired
for personal reasons

and Mike Veale
is now Chief Constable.

I just thought
you could do with a laugh.

You know what?
You're right.

I really...
couldn't care less any more.

Well, that's all my news.

We love you very much
and can't wait to see you.

I've got to go because I'm meeting
the girls at the cinema tonight.

OK.

All right...

Give them my love.

I love you.

Please, be careful.

Mm-hm.

LINE RINGS
Hello?

Debs...

What the fuck is going on?
I wondered when you'd find out.

They've finally given Mike Veale
the top job?

And he's already been talking
about you.

Blaming you for the fact

they still haven't charged Halliwell
over Becky Godden.

They've had years
to come up with enough evidence.

It's all wearing a bit thin, this,
isn't it, still blaming me?

Yeah.

What happened with that stuff
they dug up at the lake...

..at Ramsbury?
60 items of clothing.

You'd think they'd have assigned
a big team to it, wouldn't you?

Oh, what...?

They haven't done anything?

Let's just say, apparently,
there hasn't been much progress.

They've only just put
a small team on it.

And it's being headed up by
Sean Memory,

who's now a Detective
Superintendent, by the way.

Do you know what, I think I'd rather
be here

with mad Libyans
throwing bombs at me

than anywhere near
Gable fucking Cross.

How long are you out there for?

I've got another six months.

And don't mention anything
about bombs to Yvonne.

Please.

CHARLIE: Karen?

Come on, love,
we'd better get going.

Let's at least hear
what he's got to say.

I've written an open letter
to Halliwell

asking him to tell the truth
about what he did to Becky.

I'm not expecting a response,
but I just...

..have to try to keep her
in the public eye.

Cos she doesn't matter
as much as Sian, you see?

Because Sian was just a normal girl
who worked in an office.

A good girl.

But Becky was a bad girl.

A bad little girl
who must have deserved it.Karen...

Well, I know that's what
everyone thinks!

Listen to me.

I am convinced that, because of you,
the Police and Crime Commissioner

is pressuring Wiltshire Police

into looking for new evidence
to bring Halliwell to trial.

So, whatever it is you're doing,
it's working.

Oh, God...
There, you see?

Oh, thank you very much.
Thank you.

I won't give up.

DOORBELL CHIMES

Hi, Kev.
Hi, Elaine.

How are you?

Are you OK, love?

I'm just feeling it a bit
at the moment.

It's been hard.

You get people in the pub

who think they're trying to be nice,
rather than spiteful,

but they say, "Don't you wish
you'd gone out with her that night?"

I ask myself that all the time.

You mustn't think about it
like that, Kev.

She died because of Christopher
Halliwell, not anybody else.

Certainly not you.

Is that what you wanted
to see me about?

Because that's easy to deal with.

No, it's not that.

Well, what, then, love?

I'm seeing somebody else.

Oh.
I'm sorry.

Listen to me,
you must never apologise

for getting on with your life.

I feel so bloody guilty.

No!

Sian's not here.

What are you supposed to do, pine
for her for the rest of your life?

It's a comfort to me
that she knew what it was

to share a life with someone,
that she was loved and cherished.

But now she's gone and...

..I'm glad for you
that you have someone else.

I had to come here
and tell you about Emma

before you found out
from anyone else.

Is that her name, Emma?

Why don't you bring her
to the wedding?

Are you sure?

Please.
It's important to me.

Bring her, Kev.

I can meet her before, if you like.
Take the pressure off.

Thank you.

And this is everything you have?

Well, we do have some other leads
we're following up,

but basically, yes, it is.

I thought there were some items
recovered from a pond

with Sian's boots.

Does any of that relate to Becky?

We did find some stuff, yeah.
But a lot of it had rotted.

And we've not been able to match
any of it yet to Becky's clothing

or descriptions of clothing
of any missing persons, so...

I'd say we've got enough here
to re-arrest and charge

and get it to court.
Mm-hm.

But maybe not enough
to convince a jury to convict.

Right.

It's all consistent with Halliwell
having murdered Rebecca Godden.

And this prostitute who links
the two of them is helpful.

But nothing actually says he did it.

The elephant in the room is,
of course, the confession.

Well, that was ruled inadmissible,
so... Wrongly.

In my opinion.

But with a different judge,
a different set of circumstances,

there may be a way we can
get it allowed this time round.

How?
The key, ironically enough,

is for Halliwell to come out
and say, "I didn't do it."

Remember, he's never had to actually
state a defence for Rebecca Godden

because the case was thrown out.

He'll probably stay silent and
just challenge us to make our case,

as is his right.

But if he now tries to claim
he's never met her,

or words to that effect,
that's the game-changer.

His confession directly contradicts
this. So, it's unlikely, of course.

Any lawyer worth his salt would
advise him to keep his mouth shut.

But if he did, that gives us
the grounds to ask the judge

to revisit the original ruling.

If that happens, Steve Fulcher
would have to give evidence.

And his relationship
with Wiltshire Police is not great,

to say the least.

It's by far the strongest evidence
we have.

HE SIGHS

DOORBELL CHIMES

Mum, don't embarrass me, OK?

I really like this one.

Hey!
Hey...

Mum...

This is Kev.
Hiya.

Hi, Kev.
Nice to meet you.

And you.

Do you want a cuppa?

Please, yeah.

Elaine...
This is Emma.

Pleased to meet you, love.
Thanks.

Sorry it's in
such difficult circumstances.

Well, that's not your fault, is it?
Come on, sit down.

Coffee?
Yeah, please.

Two coffees, please.

So...

How did you meet?
Tell me everything.

Erm, just round a friend's house.

We got chatting
and it sort of clicked.

We went out a few times.

I done her a chicken pasta
and that sealed the deal.

Kev's a really good cook.

You're not so bad.

She's brilliant, Elaine.
He's just being kind, honestly.

So, how's the wedding stuff going,
then, Elaine?

Getting there. Actually,
I'm just going to go to the loo.

SHE SOBS QUIETLY

SHE STARTS TO SOB LOUDLY

DOOR SWINGS OPEN

LOUD SOBBING

SOBBING CONTINUES

Christopher John Halliwell,

I'm arresting you
for the murder of Rebecca Godden,

contrary to common law.

You do not have to say anything,

but it may harm your defence
if you do not mention,

when questioned, something
which you later rely on in court.

Anything you do say
may be given in evidence.

Do you understand?

HE SNIFFS

Mm.

OK, I'm going to take you now
to Worcester Police Station,

where you will be interviewed
in the presence of a solicitor.

I don't want a solicitor.

Pardon?

I don't want a solicitor.

I want to see
what you have to say first.

Who's in charge of this case?

That would be Detective
Superintendent Sean Memory.

If...

..I wrap this up in...

..in the next few hours,

any other charges against me...

..various things in the past...

You're talking about car thefts,
break-ins, bits and pieces?

Some more... serious.

Will clearing this up
be enough to stop everything else?

If Mr Memory is listening,
the ball is in his court.

Get a print set up. If we can get
a confession now, that's it...

..no need for Fulcher.

Now, what I'm saying there, Chris,
and I've signed it at the bottom...

..is that I lead the investigation
into Becky Godden.

I'm not aware of any other
allegations against you.

And I'm not investigating you for
any other offence, apart from Becky.

If I clear this up, I don't want you
coming back every two years saying,

"What about this?
What about that?"

This interview is about one matter
and one matter only.

But at this point in time...

..I'm not aware of any other
allegations against you.

OK.

Erm...

Actually,
before I do anything else...

..I think I'd better get
my solicitor to check it first.

Is that OK?

No, that's fine.

HE DROPS THE PEN ON THE TABLE

He's got no intention
of clearing anything up.

He's playing with us.

He just wanted to know
what we've got.

SPOON TINKLES ON A GLASS

Ladies and gentlemen...

..my wife and I...

GUESTS: Whoooo!

APPLAUSE

..would like to thank you all
sincerely for coming.

It really is...

It's wonderful to have you all
with us on this special day.

And I'd like to thank the children,

my three and Elaine's,

for being there for us...

..through everything.

And of course...

..I must mention Sian.

Now, we all remember those dark days
when she went missing.

When there was nothing we could do
but sit and hope.

Yeah, we'd get little bits
and pieces of information,

but not the message
that we really wanted to hear.

That she was safe and well...

..and coming home.

What was all that about?
I asked him, Jackie.

I said, "Please, don't talk
about Sian too much."

But he had it all planned out
in his head what he wanted to do.

He's planned everything today.
He likes to be...

..in control.
He likes to organise everything.

He likes to take over, more like.
I care about him a lot. I do.

He is a good person.

I don't want to be on my own,
Jackie. I want to be married.

I know.

Halliwell has parted company
with the lawyers

who represented him
at the first trial.

Really?
Why would he do that?

Well, it would seem he has decided

he wants to represent himself
in court.

Bloody hell.

Precisely.

So, this morning, Halliwell finally
issued an outline of his defence,

which he's composed himself.

We've been asking for it for weeks.

It says simply he has no knowledge
of the death of Rebecca Godden,

nor any information
regarding details of how she died.

I think we have our game-changer.

The confession now comes into play.

We can ask the new judge
to reconsider admitting it.

An email came through this morning
from the CPS

saying that Wiltshire Police
have discovered new evidence

against Halliwell
for Becky Godden's murder

and that he's been charged
as a result.

But in the next breath they say

they want to try and reintroduce
the confession evidence.

You're joking? Well, do you want
an even bigger laugh?

If they do manage
to get it ruled admissible,

they want me to come back
and give evidence at the trial.

After all they've done to you,
now they want you to help them out?

The new evidence obviously
can't be that strong, can it?

It's not ever going to end, is it?

For fuck's sake...

Oh, hello.
Come in.

FRONT DOOR CLOSES

Hi, Karen.
Hello.

Come in, sit down.
No, no, I can't stay for long.

I, erm...

I just came to tell you
that we are hopeful

of finally bringing charges
against Halliwell over Becky.

SHE GASPS
He's been arrested.

We're still working
to strengthen the case against him.

But we think we can go to trial.

But how?
We've been working hard on the case

and we've dug up
plenty of new evidence.

Can we know what it is?
I can't say too much now,

but the evidence is compelling.

There's a little way to go yet,
but we're optimistic.

Oh, that is so fantastic!

We'd almost given up hope,
hadn't we?

I will, of course, be in touch
if there's any more news, OK?

Thanks for coming to tell us, Sean.

Well, it's important
we're all on the same page, right?

Well, thanks a million, Sean.
Yeah, thanks.

FRONT DOOR OPENS

FRONT DOOR CLOSES

Oh, Charlie, I've...

I've got a knot in my tummy.

But why? We've just had the best
bloody news you could hope for.

But what if it doesn't work again?

What if another ruling
goes against us or something?

Because, if we don't get him
this time, we never will.

Always the gloomiest way
of looking at it, that's you!

Yeah, well, I've had that smashed
into me, haven't I, over the years?

There hasn't been much
to be optimistic about, has there?

Elaine, look at where you are
right now.

What are you doing?

I mean, you've given up your job,
you've even sold your car.

Pete prefers to drive.

SHE SIGHS

It's not right, Elaine.
It's got to stop.

It's just you're not you any more.

You don't even behave like you
any more.

To be honest, I feel like I've had
the stuffing knocked out of me.

I can't stand
any sort of confrontation.

There's just so much tension
in the house.

I feel like I've lost
all my confidence.

Thanks.

Hi.

Do you mind?

I just think I'm being an idiot
for coming out and helping them.

You're not helping them out, though,
are you?

This isn't about them, is it?

Well, they deserve to be left
on the beach, with the tide out,

looking like the fucking idiots
they are.

But Karen doesn't.

But Karen doesn't.

You're doing the right thing.

Thank you.

Here.
Cheers, Aiden.

Here.

Thanks, love.

We're going to go.

Don't you think it's better
to wait and face him,

rather than doing it like this?

I told him I was moving out today.

Yeah, but he didn't believe you,
did he?

Look, I couldn't honestly handle him
trying to talk me out of it.

This way, it's much better.
It's not Pete's fault.

I should never have married him.
So, why did you?

I just thought,
after what's happened,

I needed someone
to take control of my life for me.

It's the worst thing
I could have done, all right?

Oh, nice one.
SHE SIGHS

SHE KNOCKS
Mr Fulcher to see you.

Thank you.

Sean.
Good to see you, Steve.

And you.

Mr Fulcher.
Hi.

Take a seat, please.

I see you've got a suntan.

I see you've got
Detective Superintendent.

Thanks for coming in today.
We just wanted to give you

some background on the trial.

Right, so,
there's definitely going to be one?

Yes. And we are definitely going
to need you to give evidence.

Well, I'm all ears.

Well, the pre-trial concluded
this afternoon

and the new judge,
Mr Justice Griffith Williams,

has ruled that the confession
made to you by Halliwell

will be admissible as evidence.

He was quite scathing
of Mrs Justice Cox,

who ruled against you last time.
Mm-hm.

Halliwell tried to have it excluded
again, based on her original ruling,

but the new judge said that
the confession was made voluntarily.

In his view,
there was no oppression.

And to not allow it
would offend good sense.

You see, I thought I'd lost
my career because other people,

who should have known better,
decided I'd done something terrible.

But now it
seems, apparently, I haven't.

Look, I'd have understood
if you'd told us to fuck off.

Yeah,
that was never going to happen.

Hm...

So, how does
your new Chief Constable

feel about me
being his star witness, then?

It's Elaine.

Mrs Edwards,
you've been waiting for four years.

How are you feeling about the trial?
Well, it's difficult.

But we hope
it's going to go our way.

How do you feel about Halliwell
representing himself, Mrs Edwards?

REPORTERS SHOUT QUESTIONS

When was the last time
you saw your daughter, Mrs Edwards?

December 2002.

She would have been 21
the following April.

And I always thought
she'd turn up for her 21st birthday,

but she never did.

I got a card from her
every Mother's Day, without fail.

But from 2003 onwards,
I never got one.

Becky was very petite.

She was only 4'11" tall and she
could wear children's clothing.

You know, like,
for 12 to 14-year-olds.

She was just a child, really.

Miss X, you have been granted
anonymity today.

I understand you have a history
of drug abuse and prostitution,

which is how you met Rebecca Godden.

That's correct, yes.

She was a friend of mine.

But you have turned your life around
since then

and are now married
with two children.

Yes.

And my husband knows nothing
about my past life.

And yet you still came along today,

even though your past could have
been revealed to all and sundry.

I thought it was important.

I'm very grateful to you.

Please, stay where you are.

Mr Halliwell...

According to you...

..I was besotted
with Rebecca Godden.

Correct.

Even though
I've never met her before.

SHE SCOFFS

Sometimes you even give her money
to stop her going with other men.

I remember, one night,
you picked me up for sex,

you knew she was my mate
and you said,

"Don't tell Becks about this."

Right, so I'm supposed
to have had sex with you, too, yeah?

Yes.

Twice.

HE SCOFFS

You see, I think there's a chance...

..that you could be mistaken.

So, take a long, hard look at me

and confirm that the person
you're talking about is me.

Because this is serious.

Is this a joke?

I am one hundred million percent
sure it's you.

If we've had sex together twice...

..what colour are my eyes?

I don't know.

What colour were Becky's?

We compared soil found on the spade

in the garage at Christopher
Halliwell's home address

with a sample of soil from the field

where Rebecca Godden's body
was found.

Becky was outside the club

having some sort of argument
with this taxi driver.

He was shouting at her.
It went on for quite a while.

I'm pretty sure I heard him call her
"a fucking slag",

or words like that.

This row with the taxi driver,
when was that?

Er, just after New Year 2003.

I'm pretty sure it was the 3rd,
early in the morning.

In the end, the driver somehow
persuaded her to get in the back

and they drove off.

Did you get a look at the driver?

Not clearly, no.

And you never saw Rebecca again
after that?

No.

Never.

Nor indeed have we been able
to find anybody else who has,

after that night.

Mr Halliwell...

Do you have any questions?

Yeah, erm...

The taxi she drove off in,

did it have a white illuminated sign
on it saying, well, "Taxi"?

Yeah, it did.

Thank you.

Because, at that time, my car
did not have a light on the roof.

So, thank you.

Thank you.

The court has now broken
until tomorrow.

If you could be back here
for 9:00am? Fine.

I'd heard most of that evidence
before. Hadn't you?

Mm.

We had all that back when Steve was
around, as far as I can remember.

So, what have they been doing
for the last five years?

All this new evidence!
All they've got is Steve.

And he must be so nervous,
after all this time,

wondering what Halliwell
is going to say.

ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH WHIRS

Tell us again, Mr Fulcher,

what Christopher Halliwell told you
that day about the second victim.

He said he had taken a prostitute

from the Manchester Road area
of Swindon,

had sex with her
in the back of his taxi...

..and then strangled her.

I said, "Was it similar to Sian?"
He said, "Pretty much."

I asked
if there were any other victims,

I said, "Is it just these two?"

And he replied, "Isn't that enough?"

OK, let's pause there.

I'm sure Mr Halliwell
has some questions for you.

I couldn't care less...

..about not being cautioned by you.

Sorry? It didn't bother me
in the slightest that...

..my rights were breached.

When I was arrested on 24th March,

that was the first day
of a life sentence.

HE CLEARS HIS THROAT
I knew that.

So, after I took you to Sian's body,
everything after that...

..well, that was about pure revenge.

I don't quite follow you.

Well, I didn't know about PACE
and codes and all that,

but I knew enough to know that,
if I asked to speak to a solicitor,

then everything else should stop
until that's been given to me.

I knew that much.

I asked you six or seven times,

it's all been recorded,
and you kept refusing me.

I knew that was wrong.

I didn't care because I knew
I could turn it to my advantage.

So, all that whole story...

..about burying a girl in a field...

HE SCOFFS

..it was just a pack of lies.

Mr Halliwell, if you are alleging

that revenge played a part
in what happened that day,

you must explain yourself.

Yeah, in a minute, Your Honour.

I had no idea if there was a body
buried in that field in Eastleach.

How could I if I'd never met
Rebecca Godden in my life?

What happened was,
at the end of 2001,

I started driving
these fellas around.

Well...

..drug dealers, they were.

But I never asked them any questions
and they seemed to trust me.

Now, one night,
at the end of March time 2003,

they directed me out to this field
in Eastleach.

And they carried this big holdall

out of the boot of my taxi
into the field.

Now, I drove off.
I came back for them later.

I never asked them
what they were doing.

A few months later,
I was driving one of them around

and he was drunk, right?

And he tells me
that they had buried...

..a prostitute in that field
that night.

Now, I thought he was messing

because he said it
like it was nothing.

So, when I took you to that field
in Eastleach,

I had no idea
if there was a body buried there.

And I can prove it.

How deep down
did I say the body was buried?

You said five feet.
That's right.

And how deep was it actually buried?

Er, about eight inches,

cos the bedrock
was so close to the surface.

Yeah.

So, why would I say five feet
if it was only eight inches?

Well, you also couldn't be sure
when you had murdered Becky.

Cos I never did,
cos I'd never met her.

You said it was in 2003, 2004
or 2005.

So what I surmised...

..and from you getting wrong
the depth that she was buried,

was that you had other victims
that you had buried,

victims that we don't yet
know about,

and that you became confused
about which was which.

That's an absolute pack of lies.
And you know that.

No, I know that you told me
you had murdered a prostitute

and buried her in that field.

I believed...

..in that moment,
that you were contrite

and that you wanted to unburden
yourself. That's ridiculous.

You said you could take me
to the exact spot in that field

where she was buried.

In fact, you were a few feet out,

but we later discovered
the remains of Rebecca Godden

in that field
that you had directed us to.

Well, I only said that because
I wanted to get you in the shit.

We need to know why, Mr Halliwell.

Because he threatened my daughters.

I did what?
You threatened my daughters.

And nobody threatens my kids!

Absolute rubbish. That's
why I took you to that field.

Cos I knew for certain,
if anything was found there,

then any third-rate solicitor

would make mincemeat of the fact
I hadn't been cautioned

and you'd be dropped right in it.

But you haven't told us
what this threat was.

I'm not going to say.

You're not going to say?

No.

Don't you think it's rather
important to tell us what it was?

Well, there's no point.

I can't prove it.
It's my word against his.

I see.

So, do you have any more questions
for Mr Fulcher?

Er...

No.

Very well.

This might be a good time
to take a break.

Er, just one more thing.
Erm...

It was a pleasure ruining
your career, you corrupt bastard.

"I do solemnly, sincerely
and truly declare and affirm

"that the evidence I give
shall be the truth,

"the whole truth
and nothing but the truth."

You really loathe Mr Fulcher,
don't you?

Absolutely.

You blame him for your confessions,
don't you?

I'm responsible for my own actions.
I've faced up to what I did to Sian.

No, but you see, you haven't.

You've never given a proper account
of what happened when Sian died,

other than some nonsensical claim

that she tried
to grab your steering wheel

and then you went to punch her

without realising you had a knife
in your hand.

You abducted her for sexual
purposes, just as you did Rebecca.

Er, that's ludicrous.

It was an accident.
Was it?

Is that why her leggings
and knickers were pulled down

and her bra was missing?

Listen,
I came here to tell the truth.

It doesn't matter to me
if the jury believes me or not.

Yes, you keep saying that.
But that's not true, either.

You received 25 years
for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan.

But there is at least a chance
you could be released,

albeit you'd be in your 70s.

If you're found guilty
of Rebecca's murder,

then you will never be released.

So, actually, there's rather a lot
riding on this.

Which is why you've constructed
this fantasy account

of how you led the police
to her body.

It's what happened.

Yes. Except, for it to be true, you
have to try and convince the jury

you have never met Rebecca Godden.

I... I haven't.
Which is why you're so desperate

to try and rebut the evidence
of Miss X,

whom you inconveniently had sex with
on two occasions.

I've never set eyes on her before
and, to be honest...

..she's not my type.
Not your type?

What is your type, then?

Well, certainly not that thin.

Is your type size eight?

Size ten?

Pretty, young women who are out
and about on the streets of Swindon

in the early hours of the morning,
is that your type?

About five feet,
five feet two inches tall,

on their own...

..vulnerable.

Is that your type?

PHONE VIBRATES

WOMAN: Foreman of the jury,

have you reached a verdict
upon which you are all agreed?

We have.

Do you find the defendant,
Christopher Halliwell,

guilty or not guilty of murder?

Guilty.
SHE GASPS

DIALOGUE IS MUTED

Christopher John Halliwell...

..you have been convicted by a jury
for the murder of Rebecca Godden.

I observe that you lied to this jury

about the circumstances
of the murder of Rebecca Godden,

just as you lied to the jury

about the circumstances
of the murder of Sian O'Callaghan.

I have concluded that the level of
your offending is exceptionally high

and direct
there will be a whole life order.

Take him down.

Where's Yvonne gone?
Oh, she's gone to find Steve.

DOOR OPENS

Whole life?
Yeah.

HE EXHALES SLOWLY AND HEAVILY

The judge said his account made
no sense at all. He lied and lied.

He was right, though.

He did ruin me.

I mean, it occurred to me,
when I was facing him in court,

that we cancelled each other out.

That day,
in order to bring him down,

it was like
I had to also lose everything.

As if it was some sort of pact
between us.

Karen, we wondered if you could
say something to the press.

I've drafted some thoughts for you.

I wondered if you and John
could make a joint statement,

mother and father together.

Right. Because I'm not giving up,
not till the truth comes out.

What? That wasn't a trial,
that was a travesty.

What about the drug dealers
Chris was talking about?

Has anybody been looking for them?

Was Fulcher involved with them?
We need answers.

I'm not doing a joint statement
with John.

You're on your own with him.

And I don't need your notes.
I know what I'm going to say.

Steven...

CAMERAS CLICK
Can you take my bag?

I want to place on record
my thanks for the team

led by Detective Superintendent
Sean Memory,

who have brought this case
to a positive conclusion today.

We have waited over five years
for this moment.

This has been
an extremely painful journey,

but at last
we have finally received justice

for our beautiful little girl Becky.

Sean and his team were left
with virtually nothing to go on

after the evidence,
initially gathered by Steve Fulcher,

had to be thrown out
virtually in its entirety.

I want to thank, from the bottom
of my heart, Steve Fulcher.

I will always be indebted to him
for bringing my little girl home.

They worked tirelessly
with the Crown Prosecution Service

to uncover new evidence
and bring this case to justice.

They are to be congratulated.

But Steve should never have suffered
the terrible consequences,

the loss of his reputation,
the loss of his career...

..just for doing the right thing.

Thank you.

REPORTERS SHOUT QUESTIONS

Go on.
Go and talk to her.

I can't.

She's all right, you know?

Like you, really.

I just can't.
It's too close.

WOMAN: Steve Fulcher, this has been
a landmark case in many ways.

And I know it's been a difficult
journey for you, personally.

But how do you respond to those
who say we cannot have the police

riding roughshod
over the rights of a suspect

as if it were the 1970s again?
I agree.

I agree. But what if next time it's
your daughter who's gone missing?

And if another police officer finds
himself in the position I was in,

what does he do?

Now, after what's happened to me,

he would be perfectly entitled
to give up on her,

to take his suspect
back to the police station

and let a lawyer advise him to go,
"No comment."

Now, if she was still alive, your
daughter would then inevitably die.

And the police's official position
on this seems to be,

"So be it.

"We're very sorry,
but she'll just have to die, then."

Is that what we want?