Man faces court over Claremont killings

Feb 28, 2018

The man accused of being the Claremont serial killer has faced court for the first time since being charged with the third of three murders involving young women.

Kewdale man Bradley Robert Edwards, 49, was charged last week with the murder of Sarah Spiers, 18, after having already been charged with killing Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27.

All three disappeared after nights out in Claremont in 1996 and 1997.

Edwards appeared in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court via videolink from Hakea Prison on Wednesday, was not required to enter a plea, and remanded in custody until he faces court again in late July.

The bespectacled former Telstra worker, who was wearing prison greens, did not show any emotion and said "yes" when asked if he understood the charges.

Family members of all three of the victims were present in court, including Denis Glenon, the father of Ciara, Sarah's father Don Spiers and Jane Rimmer's older sister Lee.

Ms Rimmer, who had driven five hours north from Denmark, had tears in her eyes outside court, saying the last 22 years had been traumatic for her family.

"But you've got to learn to live in the moment and Jane wouldn't want me to be upset all the time," she told reporters.

She described her sister as having a positive personality and was a "fun-loving girl who loved everyone and treated everyone with respect".

Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo told magistrate Jan Whitbread that police needed more time to prepare to go to trial now that Edwards had also been charged with the murder of Spiers, whose body has never been found.

Ms Rimmer's and Ms Glennon's bodies were found in the weeks after they went missing.

Edwards has already spent more than a year in prison on remand after being charged following a raid on his Kewdale home in the week before Christmas in 2016.

He is also charged with abducting and raping a 17-year-old girl in February 1995 in Claremont and indecently assaulting an 18-year-old woman during a break-in at a Huntingdale home in February 1988.

The court heard that police were preparing an excel spreadsheet of evidence numbering more than 1.5 million pages.

The fear that a serial killer was stalking Claremont streets in the 1990s terrified Perth residents at the time and is WA''s longest-running and most expensive police investigation.

Detectives have appealed for help to find a 1992 white Toyota Camry station wagon with the vehicle identification number (VIN) of 6T172SV2109318479, in relation to the investigation.