A Patchway man charged with the murder of Claire Holland is due to appear at Bristol Crown Court today. Claire, then aged 32, from Lawrence Weston, was last seen last seen leaving the Seamus O’Donnell’s pub in St Nicholas Street, Bristol, at around 11.15pm on June 6, 2012.
She was reported missing a few days later and has not been seen or heard from since. Darren Osment, 40, of Chessel Drive, is due to appear in court for a pre-trial preparation hearing this afternoon (Monday, November 14).
He was charged in August after developments in the 10-year investigation. Avon and Somerset Constabulary had carried out forensic-led searches at a Clifton pub in connection with their investigation into Claire’s disappearance, but said nothing of significance was found there.
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At the time the charge was announced, Detective Superintendent Gary Haskins, head of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “This is a pivotal moment in our investigation and we have updated Claire’s family now that a man has been charged with her murder. We’ll continue to provide any support they may need through our specialist family liaison officer.”
Ben Samples, Senior District Crown Prosecutor with the CPS South West Complex Casework Unit, said in August: “The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Darren Osment are active and that he has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
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