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Claremont killer declines to appeal

Claremont killer Bradley Robert Edwards has not appealed against his convictions for two murders, nor his sentences.

THE FACTS

The murders


On 27 January 1996, a secretary aged 18 named Sarah Spiers disappeared after leaving Club Bay View in Claremont and calling a taxi from a nearby phone booth. Her body was never found.On 9 June 1996, Jane Rimmer, a 23 year old childcare worker, was last seen alive outside Claremont’s Continental Hotel on 3 August 1996, Her body was found in bushland at Wellard in Perth’s south on March 15, 1997.

Ciara Glennon, a solicitor aged 27, was last seen in Claremont after visiting the Continental Hotel on 3 April 1997. Her body was later found in bushland at Eglinton in Perth’s north.

The investigation

A male driver, either in a Telstra vehicle or identifying himself as a Telstra worker, had been seen giving lifts to women in Claremont or neighbouring Cottesloe.

The Claremont killer

 

Edwards was subsequently raided at his home and charged with all three Claremont murders, as well as historical attacks on women in Huntingdale and Karrakatta. During a police interview, he denied being responsible for the Claremont murders, or the Huntingdale and Karrakatta attacks.

The trial

In a twist, Edwards later pleaded guilty to the Huntingdale and Karrakatta attacks, but not guilty to the Claremont murders.

In November 2019, a 95 day judge-only trial commenced, and it finally concluded on 25 June 2020 after delays caused by the Prosecutor suffering illness. It is believed to be the most expensive criminal trial in WA history.

WA SUPREME COURT DECISION

In September, Justice Stephen Hall found Bradley Robert Edwards guilty of the murders of Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer, but not that of Sarah Spiers.

Subsequently, Justice Hall sentenced Edwards to life imprisonment for the murders of Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer as well as the Huntingdale and Karrakatta attacks with a non-parole period of 40 years.

Edwards has failed to appeal against his murder convictions or sentence in time. This occurred after it was revealed Legal Aid had refused to assist with a proposed appeal

This means Edwards will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

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