Police give harrowing Claremont testimony

Police give harrowing Claremont testimony

MORE police are expected to testify in the Claremont serial killings trial about attending the crime scene where Jane Rimmer was allegedly dumped.

Bradley Robert Edwards, 51, denies murdering three women in 1996 and 1997 – secretary Sarah Spiers, 18, childcare worker Ms Rimmer, 23, and solicitor Ciara Glennon, 27.

Ms Rimmer’s naked and decomposing body was found in scrub off a road in Wellard 55 days after she vanished.

On Monday, the Western Australia Supreme Court heard from several police officers who attended the scene, including former policeman Bleddyn Davies who said he saw a “white, waxy lump” but did not get closer than 1.5 metres.

Former policewoman Michelle Beaman said she saw an upper thigh, shoulder and foot.

She also said she never touched the body.

Their evidence about how close they got to the body is relevant because the defence is arguing contamination is an issue in the case.

A video showing Ms Rimmer’s body was also played in court but the public gallery was not allowed to view it after Justice Stephen Hall earlier on Monday ruled it was unnecessary to publicly show such distressing content.

The trial resumed on Monday following a two-week adjournment, and continues this morning.