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A DOCTOR who examined a teenage girl raped in a graveyard by the accused Claremont serial killer says the violent case still stands out in her memory after 25 years.
Bradley Robert Edwards, 51, has admitted sexually assaulting the 17-year-old at Karrakatta Cemetery in 1995 but denies murdering secretary Sarah Spiers, 18, childcare worker Jane Rimmer, 23, and solicitor Ciara Glennon, 27, in 1996 and 1997.
The Western Australia Supreme Court previously heard the ex-Telstra technician abducted the girl as she walked alone through a dimly-lit park late at night, stuffing a sock into her mouth, pulling a cloth bag over her head and tying her up.
The victim, now aged in her 40s, was dragged for several metres, thrown into bushes and testified in a statement she feared her attacker was going to kill her.
Amanda Barnard told the court on Monday she had examined thousands of women working as an on-call doctor for the Sexual Assaults Resource Centre but the case was memorable because it was a violent assault by a stranger, the young victim was hooded and restrained, and she had been a virgin.
Dr Barnard said the extent and painfulness of the teenager’s injuries was also notable.
The court heard she suffered bruises, abrasions, cuts, swelling and tenderness, including around her wrists and ankles, where red marks from being bound remained visible hours later.
It also caused nerve damage, with the victim reporting persistent numbness in her left thumb.
She was left bleeding, dirt-stained and had leaf matter “deeply entangled” in her hair, Dr Barnard testified.
Former detective Teresa Kurtis, who was part of the police immediate response group, described the “very slight” girl as being physically shaken and distressed after her ordeal.
Prosecutors say DNA recovered from the teenager matched DNA found on a silk kimono Edwards left behind after attacking a sleeping 18-year-old woman in her Huntingdale home in 1988 – crimes he confessed to in October before the trial started.
They also say his DNA was recovered from under Ms Glennon’s fingernails.
It is further alleged fibres from Telstra-issued trousers were found on the rape victim, and on Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon.
Prosecutors also say fibres from the same make and model as Edwards’ work car were found on Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon.
But his defence team argues exhibits may have been contaminated.
Graphic photographs and videos were also shown but Justice Stephen Hall ruled they were too distressing to be viewed by the public gallery.
That prompted a dash to Officeworks where prosecutors purchased large boards to erect behind the bar table to block the public’s view of their screens.