Claremont victim seen alone on highway

The Claremont was known as The Continental in the 1990s. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
The Claremont was known as The Continental in the 1990s. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

WITNESSES have described seeing a woman who looked like Ciara Glennon on a Perth highway moments before she was abducted or lured to her death by the Claremont serial killer.

Former Telstra technician Bradley Robert Edwards, 51, maintains he didn’t murder the 27-year-old solicitor in 1997, and 18-year-old secretary Sarah Spiers and 23-year-old childcare worker Jane Rimmer in 1996.

The Western Australia Supreme Court heard on Monday from several people who saw Ms Glennon walking by herself down Stirling Highway on the night she went missing, minutes after she left colleagues at the Continental Hotel in the Perth suburb of Claremont.

Margaret Rogers said in a statement she was driving out of a laneway just after midnight on March 15 when she saw a woman who looked like Ms Glennon in her headlights.

Victims Ciara Glennon, Sarah Spiers and Jane Rimmer.

“She was ambling along and appeared to be relaxed,” Ms Rogers said.

She said she saw a tall man with dark hair walking behind the woman, but she did not think they were together.

She described the woman as being aged in her mid-20s and just over five-foot tall, while other witnesses including Patricia Mullan reported seeing a smartly dressed female who may have been a few inches taller.

Ann Kennerly said the woman was “a little unsteady” on her feet and may have been intoxicated.

But Angela Rainbow testified she believed she saw Ms Glennon walking in a straight line, not swaying.

“She looked like she was on a mission,” she said.

Lynette Steenholdt was also adamant who she saw.

“I saw Ciara Glennon. It was about 12.20am,” she said.

“She was holding up her bag … she was trying to get a taxi.”

Bradley Edwards is on trial.

Thai restaurant cook Phetchara Mombao said she had just closed the venue when her colleague commented on the lone woman’s appearance, saying “she may be the next to go”.

The court has previously heard three men known collectively as “the burger boys” because they were eating outside Hungry Jacks shouted out the woman they saw was “crazy” for hitchhiking.

Ms Glennon and Ms Rimmer’s bodies were found in bushland at opposite ends of Perth, but Ms Spiers has never been found,

The witnesses are among the last civilians to give evidence in the trial, with next year’s proceedings set to be dominated by experts and police.

Physical and fibre evidence is central to the case against Edwards, who in October admitted attacking a sleeping woman in her Huntingdale home in 1988 and abducting and twice raping a teenager at Karrakatta Cemetery in 1995.