Claremont serial killings: man charged with two counts of murder

Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan.
Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan.

WA Police have charged a 48-year-old Kewdale man with the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.

Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon were found dead after disappearing from Claremont in 1996 and 1997 respectively.

Sarah Spiers, who went missing from the Claremont area in 1996, has never been found.

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The man has been charged with two counts of wilful murder over the deaths of Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon.

It will be alleged the man abducted both women from the Claremont area.

Ms Rimmer’s body was found in bushland in Wellard, while Ms Glennon was found north of Perth near Eglinton.

The man has also been charged with two other attacks on young women – a 17-year-old in Claremont in 1995, and an 18-year-old in Huntingdale in 1988.

It will be alleged the 17-year-old was abducted from a park in Claremont in 1995, before being restrained, forced into a vehicle and taken to Karrakatta Cemetery where she was sexually assaulted.

He has been charged with one count of deprivation of liberty and two counts of aggravated sexual penetration.

He has also been charged over a break-in and indecent assault at a house in Huntingdale in 1988.

Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said the man was arrested at his Kewdale home yesterday and charged in the early hours of this morning.

The Commissioner said inquiries were ongoing into Ms Spiers’ disappearance, and on other matters.