Claremont serial killer accused in court for directions hearing

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

THE public will get its first insight into the case against the man accused of being the Claremont serial killer when he appears in the WA Supreme Court today.

In a three-day directions hearing, prosecutors are set to reveal their key allegations into why they believe Bradley Robert Edwards is guilty of murdering Sarah Spiers, Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer in 1996 and 1997.

He is also accused of two separate sex attacks on teenage girls in 1988 and 1995.

The 50-year-old Kewdale man was arrested two years ago but has pleaded not guilty to all eight charges against him.

The hearing will start at 10am, with Mr Edwards to be transferred from prison to appear in court in person.

It is believed lawyers will argue whether evidence not directly linked to the charges can be used to prove a pattern of character.

Prosecutors are also expected to seek permission to include “stories of interest” that Mr Edwards allegedly wrote or downloaded and were found on computers and electronic devices seized by police when they arrested him.

However Mr Edwards’ defence is expected to object.

It also understood there is more than 1.5 million pages of evidence to analyse.

The directions hearing is scheduled to run until Monday, with a full trial to follow starting on July 22 and likely to run for nine months.

This is WA’s longest running and most expensive murder investigation.