Claremont rape victim thought she’d die

Bradley Robert Edwards.
Bradley Robert Edwards.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

A TEENAGER who was bound, dragged through a cemetery, twice raped then dumped in bushes by accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards thought she was going to die.

The ex-Telstra technician has admitted the double rape and another separate attack, but is fighting allegations he murdered Sarah Spiers, 18, Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, in 1996 and 1997.

The 17-year-old girl, who cannot be identified, was abducted from Rowe Park between 2.30am and 3am on February 12, 1995 and provided multiple lengthy statements, which were read out in the Western Australia Supreme Court on Monday.

“I thought at the end of it all that he was going to kill me,” she said, but he did not directly threaten her.

The girl had been out with friends but with only 50 cents left in her pocket at the end of the night, she could not afford a taxi and decided to walk a couple of hundred metres to a friend’s home.

“I usually leave with someone but I just wanted to go,” she said.

Bradley Robert Edwards.

On the way, she was grabbed from behind, pushed to the ground and straddled, then had a thick cloth like a sock shoved deep into her mouth.

“I didn’t scream. I just froze,” she said.

“It happened really quickly.

“He told me to shut up at one point.

“I didn’t say anything to him. I was too frightened.

“I kept my eyes shut – I thought it would be better if he thought I couldn’t see him.”

He tied up her hands very tightly with a cord “as thick as a telephone cord”, carried her to his van, tied her ankles and covered her head with a cotton bag.

“I was very frightened. I thought I was going to die,” she said.

They drove for about 30 minutes and she said she might have heard a voice but could not make out what was being said.

Ciara Glennon, Sarah Spiers and Jane Rimmer.

When the vehicle stopped, she was pulled out, carried and dragged through Karrakatta Cemetery.

“I started to cry but not loudly,” she said.

The girl was then raped twice.

She kept her eyes closed and tried to act like she was unconscious during her ordeal.

“I was in a state of shock,” she said.

“I remember repeating, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe this is happening’.

“It was very painful.

“I remember my face lying against the dirt.”

She was chucked in some scrub but Edwards returned about two minutes later then threw her into some more dense bushes.

After she heard the vehicle leave, she finally opened her eyes, realised she was in a cemetery and ran to the exit, which was about five metres away.

Believing people in nearby houses would think she was “crazy”, the semi-naked girl instead ran to a facility near Hollywood Hospital, where she dialled a phone with her chin and yelled for help.

The woman inside did not come out but called police while the still-bound girl ran off.

She saw headlights and feared it was her attacker, so hid behind a car, then called her father from a phone box and ran to Hollywood Hospital.

“I said ‘dad come and get me’.

“While I was crying I said I’d been raped.

“He asked me if I was alright and I said ‘no’.”

— AAP