Claremont serial killings: prosecutor asks for judge-only trial

Claremont serial killings: prosecutor asks for judge-only trial

THE man accused of murdering three woman during the 1990s in the case which became known as the Claremont serial killings may face a judge-only trial.

Bradley Robert Edwards, who was arrested in December 2016 and has since been charged with the murders of Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, appeared in the District Court facing Supreme Court charges this morning via video link from Hakea Prison.

State prosecutors asked for the judge-alone trial, and their application will be heard on November 1.

At a court date, in February this year, more time was requested by lawyers to collate 1.5 million pages of information and documentation into a searchable format.

Today, management of case files was explored again, with the magistrate requesting numbering of the documents in the database and hyperlinking.

But the defence won’t consider this option until November 1.

The prosecutor said they would see what they can do “realistically” but hyperlinking was not impossible.

The prosecution suggested a trial date in May and the magistrate agreed dates will be held.

Denis Glennon. 

Ciara Glennon’s father Denis and Sarah Spiers’ father Don attended this morning’s hearing.

Don Spiers.