‘Burn in hell with Satan’: member of public gallery thrown out of Claremont serial killings pre-trial hearing

Victims Ciara Glennon, Sarah Spiers and Jane Rimmer.
Victims Ciara Glennon, Sarah Spiers and Jane Rimmer.

EXTREME pornographic material and a six-hour police interview with the accused Claremont serial killer are among the evidence a West Australian Supreme Court judge will examine ahead of the trial.

Bradley Robert Edwards, 50, will stand trial before a judge sitting without a jury for an estimated nine months starting on July 22 over the murders of Ciara Glennon, 27, Jane Rimmer, 23, and 18-year-old Sarah Spiers.

At a directions hearing on Wednesday, Mr Edwards sat in the dock wearing a business shirt and tie.

Bradley Robert Edwards – file photo from communitynews.com.au

Early in proceedings, a woman in the public gallery shouted abuse at the accused.

“Edwards, evil dog,” she shouted.

“Burn in hell with Satan. You’re a dog, Edwards, a dog.”

She was removed from the court.

The hearing was scheduled to run for three days but instead lasted less than one hour after prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo requested an adjournment so Justice Stephen Hall could examine more evidence.

“There’s significant amount of evidence to get your head around,” Ms Barbagallo said.

Among the evidence is the police interview, which includes a 173-page transcript, and 20 statements of various lengths.

Ms Barbagallo also referred to a prison call, a movie called Forced Entry, which she described as “very graphic” and BDSM porn.

“There are no words in our submissions that are capable of describing what is seen,” Ms Barbagallo said.

“We are not talking about pornography that is beige or vanilla, we are talking about pornography that is extreme.”

Defence counsel Paul Yovich suggested Justice Hall did not need to view the material to determine whether it was admissible but the judge said he would examine it.

The hearing was adjourned until Monday and could run for another three days.

Ms Spiers was the first of the Claremont victims to vanish in January 1996, while Ms Glennon was the third in March 1997 following a night out.

The bodies of Ms Rimmer, a childcare worker, and Ms Glennon, a lawyer, were discovered in bushland weeks after they were killed, but the body of Ms Spiers, a secretary, has never been found.

Edwards, a former Telstra worker and Little Athletics coach, is also accused of attacking an 18-year-old woman in her Huntingdale home in 1988 and raping a 17-year-old girl in Karrakatta in 1995.