Claremont serial killings: no plea from Bradley Robert Edwards; case adjourned for committal hearing

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

THE man charged with all three murders associated with the anguishing Claremont serial killer case has made his first appearance in court in 11 months and his first since being charged with the murder of Sarah Spiers last week.

Bradley Robert Edwards appeared in the Supreme Court this morning, where more time was requested to consider and collate 1.5 million pages of information and documentation into a searchable format.

The case has been adjourned until July 25 for a committal hearing.

“So Mr Edwards, you will be remanded in custody until July 25 for a committal hearing,” Magistrate Jan Whitbread said.

“Yes your honour,” Mr Edwards said, the only words he uttered throughout his appearance.

Lawyers for the prosecution Carmel Barbagallo argued the case needed to be adjourned so that documents relating to the murder charge for Ms Spiers and previous information could be collated and made available to all parties.

Mr Edwards’ defence lawyer Genevieve Cleary agreed adjournment until July 25 was “eminently suitable” so they could go over all the relevant information.

Appearing via video link from Hakea Prison, Mr Edwards was sat at a table with his hands clasped together, dressed in prison greens.

The disappearance of Sarah Spiers from the streets of Claremont early in 1996, followed by Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, caused long-running fear and suspicion across Perth in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Last week, Mr Edwards was charged with the wilful murder of Ms Spiers after she disappeared when she phoned for a taxi at the Stirling Road-Stirling Highway intersection at 2am on January 27, 1996.

When the taxi arrived she was not there.

In December 2016, Mr Edwards was charged with the wilful murders of Ms Rimmer in 1996 and Ms Glennon in 1997, both of who also disappeared from the Claremont nightstrip.

The bodies of Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon have been found, but Ms Spiers has still not been located.

Mr Edwards is also charged with attacks on a 17-year-old woman in Claremont in 1995, and an 18-year-old in Huntingdale in 1988.

Claremont victims Ciara Glennon, Jane Rimmer and Sarah Spiers.

Since 2016, he has made three court appearances, during which prosecutors initially requested an eight-week adjournment to supply more documents to defence lawyers.

On March 29 last year, the case was adjourned until October 25 for a committal mention.

However, on the eve of that appearance, the committal mention was pushed back until today.

A commital mention is a preliminary hearing prior to the full committal hearing. Permission to cross-examine witnesses may be given, matters in dispute will be discussed and a date for the committal hearing can be set at this stage. The Court may also hear and determine some charges if the accused pleads guilty.

Outside the court, Lee Rimmer, the sister of Jane Rimmer, said she may not attend all future hearings.

“She should be remembered as a fun-loving person who loved everyone and treated everyone with respect,” Ms Rimmer said.

Ms Rimmer told Community News she wanted to be at the hearing this morning to “see the face” of the man charged with the murder of her “baby sister”.

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