Claremont Serial Killer: Media, Timelines, Photos *NO-DISCUSSION*

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    https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/cl...edwards-brother-breaks-silence-ng-b881123330z

    Claremont serial killings trial: Bradley Robert Edwards’ brother breaks silence
    Mark Gibson, 7NEWSPerthNow
    March 2, 2019 6:14PM
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    The family of Bradley Robert Edwards is standing by the man accused of the Claremont serial killings, breaking their silence to declare he's not guilty.

    The accused man’s brother, sister and parents regularly visit Edwards in jail and say his innocence will be revealed when the trial unfolds.

    Bradley Robert Edwards has pleaded not guilty to three murders and two other attacks on women.


    Seven News spoke with Edwards' younger brother who said his brother is innocent.

    “I just hope that justice prevails and he will be found not guilty,” he said

    Prosecutors allege that Edwards, 50, murdered Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, who all vanished from the Claremont entertainment strip in 1996 and '97.

    It's also alleged that Edwards attacked an 18-year-old in her Huntingdale home in 1988 and raped a 17-year-old girl at Karrakatta Cemetery in 1995.

    Bradley Edwards has been in custody since December 2016 and is due back in court later this month, with the nine-month murder trial set to begin in late July.
     
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    'Menacing memories' of Claremont killer | Community News Group

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    Police fears over a familiar face

    My dad even became a potential suspect for a moment. He would wait for me at the back of the store every Thursday night at closing.

    It was dark and dingy back there and he must have looked sinister, lurking in the shadows.

    Several police knocked on the backdoor of the shop one night, Dad close at their side: “This man says he is your father, is that true?” they asked.

    Many of my friends and colleagues avoided the strip at night – I certainly did – but amazingly I would still see young drunken women continuing to stagger around the precinct alone, even after the third case.

    More than two decades later we may have our man. Feeling somewhat removed from the incidents, with so much time passing, I can’t help but feel a rush of relief that he’s not the familiar face I feared.
     
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    Fellow prisoner of accused Claremont killer speaks out
    By Elly Cormack • Reporter
    10:47pm Mar 11, 2019
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    A WA prisoner has given an insight into life behind bars after spending several months with accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards.

    The inmate was in the protective custody unit with Edwards at Hakea Prison until just a few days ago.

    He has revealed his story about what happened to the accused serial killer the day he was rushed to hospital.

    Edwards is now being kept in solitary confinement at Casuarina Prison where he is kept in lockdown 23 hours a day.

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    https://www.smh.com.au/national/wes...-of-his-time-behind-bars-20190311-p513do.html

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    Former inmate with accused Claremont serial killer reveals details of his time behind bars
    Heather McNeill
    March 11, 2019 — 9.05pm
    • A former prisoner who spent months behind bars with Bradley Robert Edwards has revealed details about the accused Claremont serial killer's life while on remand at Hakea Prison.

    The man, who did not want to be identified, was a career criminal and one of around 20 inmates who until recently shared the protective custody unit with Mr Edwards.

    He told Nine News Perth Mr Edwards was quiet and mostly kept to himself, interacting with only a few other prisoners.

    He claimed Mr Edwards is assigned to cleaning the day room three times a day and paid a small amount of money that he likes to spend on extra food, heavy metal CDs and match sticks.

    "He's just like another normal prisoner in there," the former prisoner said.
    "One thing I noticed about him was he was always doing match work.

    "He used to make these motorcycles, little mini ones."

    Mr Edwards, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him including murdering Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, has been in custody since his arrest at his Kewdale home in December 2016.

    He was recently moved to solitary confinement at Casuarina Prison, where he is kept in lockdown 23 hours a day.

    The move came after the 50-year-old was found with an ear injury inside the Hakea shower blocks, with a pencil nearby, just hours before he was due to front court last month for a pre-trial directions hearing.


    The former inmate claims he was interviewed following the incident and believes Mr Edwards self-harmed.

    "We get pencils from the officers ... We can buy them ... They're readily available," he said.

    "If someone wanted to hurt you they'd hurt you.

    "They wouldn't stab you in the ear, they'd stab you in the neck.

    "From what I saw and what I know, he did it to himself."
    Police are still investigating the cause of Mr Edward's injury.

    The protective custody unit at Hakea Prison is home to high-profile persons on remand, prisoners, paedophiles and the targets of bikie gangs.

    Nine News Perth used official documents, a lawyer and jail sources to confirm the former inmate was held there.
     
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    https://www.smh.com.au/national/wes...serial-killer-speaks-out-20190312-p513nv.html

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    Nephew of accused Claremont serial killer speaks out

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    A nephew (Adam Edwards) of accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards claims his uncle is innocent of the charges brought against him.

    Adam Edwards has told 9 News Perth his uncle is not a killer and claims the media is "making him look like the most evil person in the world, but he's not."

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    "If someone wanted to hurt you they'd hurt you.

    "They wouldn't stab you in the ear, they'd stab you in the neck.

    "From what I saw and what I know, he did it to himself."

    Mr Edwards' trial is scheduled to begin in July and is expected to take up to nine months.
     
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    https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/cl...to-rule-on-admissible-evidence-ng-b881141129z

    Claremont serial killings: Judge to rule on admissible evidence
    Tim ClarkePerthNow
    March 20, 2019 2:00AM
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    Alleged Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards will return to court today, for a hearing where it could be revealed what propensity evidence could be used against him in his trial.

    The latest case management hearing in WA’s largest homicide prosecution is scheduled for 10am, the first time Mr Edwards will have been in court since last month’s dramatic pre-trial directions hearing.

    It was there that the first detailed account of how Mr Edwards is alleged to have murdered Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer, and Ciara Glennon in 1996 and 1997 emerged — including DNA linking Mr Edwards to Ms Glennon’s body, and fibres from his work car linking him to Ms Glennon.


    It was also revealed that in 1990, Mr Edwards, pictured, was caught, and admitted, attacking a lone woman as she worked in Hollywood hospital.

    At the pre-trial hearing, lead prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo argued why several tranches of propensity evidence should be admitted into the trial, which is set to start in July.

    That proposed evidence includes allegations that in 1988 Mr Edwards prowled the area in the kilometre around his family’s home in Huntingdale, wearing — and stealing — women’s clothing.

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    Bradley Edwards is alleged to have murdered Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer, and Ciara Glennon in 1996 and 1997.
    Spotted wearing kimonos, satin night gowns — and in one case underwear on his head — the then teenager was said to be building up to the attack on a young woman in her house, while her parents slept nearby.

    That attack makes up the first allegation against him.

    While working for Telstra, Mr Edwards was also said to be the man driving in the Claremont area in his work car offering lifts to a string of lone women in 1995 and 1996. The court was told he allegedly told one woman “he was looking for damsels in distress like her”.

    In that same time span, it is alleged, Mr Edwards is also accused of the brutal abduction and rape of a teenage woman, who was tied up and dumped in the Karrakatta cemetery.

    That makes up the second main charge against the 60-year-old.

    Prosecutors also want Justice Stephen Hall to take into account a cache of pornographic material found on Mr Edwards’ electronic devices during his dramatic arrest in 2016. It was alleged that when police searched Mr Edwards’ Kewdale home, they found homemade sex toys and stockings with holes cut in them.

    Ms Barbagallo and defence barrister Paul Yovich argued whether that evidence should or should not be ruled admissible.

    Justice Hall said he would try to make a ruling by March 20. No ruling has yet been made public, leaving today as a possible decision day.
     
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    https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/cl...n-bradley-robert-edwards-trial-ng-b881141479z

    Claremont serial killings: Violent pornography ruled out in Bradley Robert Edwards trial
    Tim ClarkePerthNow
    March 20, 2019 11:04AM
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    The judge in charge of the Claremont serial killer case has ruled there should be just one trial to decide accused Bradley Robert Edwards’ guilt on all charges – but his lawyers have seven days to appeal that decision if they wish.

    Justice Stephen Hall today handed down his rulings into the admissibility of propensity evidence that the prosecutor wanted to bring against Mr Edwards, and on a defence application to split the trial to hear some charges separately.

    Justice Hall today ruled that only one trial should be held starting on July 22, whilst also ruling that graphic and violent porn found on Mr Edwards computers during his dramatic arrest in late 2016 should not be part of the evidence to be led at trial, which is due to start being heard on July 22.


    It was also revealed that 580 witnesses are anticipated to make up the nine-month trial.

    In his ruling, Justice Hall said the so-called Huntingdale Prowler evidence – which detailed a series of bizarre sightings of a man breaking into houses and stealing women’s clothing close to where Mr Edwards lived in Huntingdale – would be admissible in relation to the allegations that he subsequently attacked a young girl in a house in the same area.

    However, that evidence will not be admissible in relation to the allegations that he murdered Sarah Spiers, Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer several years later.

    The facts of that alleged Huntingdale attack will be admissible in the murder charges.

    The evidence about Mr Edwards previously attacking a woman at Hollywood hospital in 1990 – a crime he admitted – will be included in the vast evidentiary brief.

    And the evidence labelled the Telstra Living Witness evidence – which details five occasions where a man driving a Telstra vehicle stopped to pick up lone women in the Claremont area in 1995 and 1996 - will also be led in the murder charges, but not the Huntingdale offence.

    The evidence surrounding Mr Edwards final charge – that he raped a woman in Karrakatta cemetery after grabbing her off the street in Claremont – is admissible to all the charges, Justice Hall ruled.

    But the pornography – which was said to include violent “snuff rape” film called “Forced Entry”, and stories said to have eerie similarities to at least one of the alleged crimes - will not be included in the trial at all, after the judge ruled it was not sufficiently relevant.
     
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    Judge rules 'extreme' porn inadmissible in Claremont serial killer trial
    Heather McNeillMarch 20, 2019

    The judge who will decide the innocence or guilt of the accused Claremont serial killer has ruled evidence the state proposed to submit about extreme pornography found in his home is inadmissible.

    The decision was handed down during a case management hearing for Bradley Robert Edwards on Wednesday, where it was also revealed about 580 witnesses would be called to give evidence during the mammoth nine-month trial.



    During the hearing, Justice Stephen Hall ruled on what propensity evidence the state would be allowed to submit at trial, and whether all eight charges against Mr Edwards would be heard in one trial or two.

    He has said proposed evidence that Mr Edwards had 'extreme' pornography, 'rape-themed' stories and home-made sex toys at his Kewdale home was not relevant to the trial.

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    "It is not evidence which could rationally affect the question of whether the accused is the offender in respect of any of the counts."

    Justice Hall also ruled evidence stemming from a 1990 hospital assault, when Mr Edwards attempted to drag a woman from her desk into a toilet block, was relevant to the trial.

    "It is true that there are a number of features of the Hollywood Hospital incident that are different to both the Huntingdale and the Karrakatta incidents," he said.


    "Those differences are relevant, but in my view, they do not detract from the underlying common features, in particular the features of attacking an unknown woman from behind and using a piece of material or cloth in an attempt to prevent resistance."

    He also ruled the state's evidence Mr Edwards was driving around the western suburbs in his work-issued Telstra vehicle in the mid-1990s offering young women lifts home could also be heard at trial in respect to the Claremont charges.

    Evidence alleging Mr Edwards broke into a teenager's Huntingdale home in 1988 and attempted to gag her before fleeing will also be used as propensity evidence in relation to all charges, but allegations he was prowling the suburb and stealing women's garments from clothes lines will not be heard.

    The defence's application for the Huntingdale offences to be heard during a separate trial was dismissed.

    Mr Edwards has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, including the murders of Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon in the mid-1990s.

    During the hearing, his defence lawyer, Paul Yovich SC, said he was still unsure whether the defence would challenge the admissibility of the state's DNA evidence, as it was waiting on a report from its experts.

    "It's difficult for me to be positive on that... I can't rule it out as we don't have the report," he said.

    He revealed the defence would be challenging parts of Mr Edwards' police interview, and some of the witness statements.

    Mr Edwards appeared via video link to listen to the Supreme Court hearing.

    He spoke only to confirm his name and that he could hear the court.


    Another directions hearing to determine the issues will likely take place in June.

    Mr Edwards' trial is scheduled to start on July 22.

    More to come...
     
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    'Extreme' porn, explicit stories ruled out in case against alleged Claremont serial killer

    Pornography evidence not allowed at trial of alleged Claremont serial killer Bradley Edwards
    By Joanna Menagh
    Updated about 6 hours ago

    [​IMG]PHOTO: A defence bid for some of Bradley Edwards's charges to be heard in a seperate trial was rejected. (Supplied: Central Crocs Football Club)
    RELATED STORY: How prosecutors will argue an awkward teen became the Claremont serial killer
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    Evidence of "graphic and extreme" pornography found on a computer seized from the home of alleged Claremont serial killer Bradley Edwards is not admissible at his trial, a judge has ruled.

    Key points:
    • Justice Stephen Hall says the pornography evidence is not relevant to the trial
    • Evidence about a prior conviction and the "Telstra living witness project" will be allowed
    • About 580 witnesses are set to be called in the nine-month trial


    Prosecutors had argued last month that the evidence, which included a pornographic movie and explicit stories about the rape and abduction of women, should be allowed at the trial, to show Mr Edwards had an interest in sexually attacking women.

    However, in a complex judgement, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Hall has ruled the evidence — discovered on a computer at Mr Edwards's home almost 20 years after his alleged crimes — was not relevant.

    He said there were several flaws in the state's argument that the pornography was relevant to the offences Mr Edwards was accused of committing.

    "I do not accept that it can be assumed that the perpetrator of any of the offences was necessarily likely to have an interest in violent pornography," Justice Hall said.

    "Nor [do I accept] that a person who had such an interest is more likely to have committed these offences."

    The judge said it could not be firmly established when the pornography was possessed and created, other than between December 2015 and December 2016.

    "Whilst it may be supposed that the activity of collecting and creating occurred over a period of years, it cannot be shown that any of that activity coincided with the commission of the offences, or was even close in time to those events," he said.

    [​IMG]PHOTO: Sarah Spiers, Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer disappeared while out in Claremont. (Fairfax Media)


    Mr Edwards has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including the murders of Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, the three women who disappeared from the streets of Claremont between 1996 and 1997.

    He is also accused of sexually motivated attacks on two other women, one inside a Huntingdale home in 1988 and another at a cemetery in Karrakatta in 1995.

    'Common features' of attacks on women: judge
    Justice Hall has allowed prosecutors to lead evidence about Mr Edwards's 1990 conviction for attacking a senior social worker at Hollywood Hospital, where he was working as a Telecom technician.

    [​IMG]PHOTO: Bradley Edwards has pleaded not guilty to all charges and will face trial in July. (ABC News)


    "It is true that there are a number of features of the Hollywood Hospital incident that are different to both the Huntingdale and the Karrakatta incidents," he told the court.

    "Those differences are relevant but, in my view, they do not detract from the underlying common features.

    "Attacking an unknown woman from behind and using a piece of material or cloth in an attempt to prevent resistance are sufficiently similar to give this evidence significant probative value."

    Evidence called the "Telstra living witness project" will also be allowed at the July trial.

    This evidence details about five instances between 1995 and 1997 when a man, who was either driving a Telecom car or said he worked for Telecom, stopped and stared at young women or offered them lifts in the Claremont and Cottesloe areas.

    Defence bid for separate Huntingdale trial rejected
    Ruled out of the murder case against Mr Edwards was what prosecutors called the "Huntingdale prowler series".

    The evidence relates to allegations he stole items of women's underwear off clotheslines and broke into or attempted to break into houses to commit sexually motivated crimes.

    [​IMG]PHOTO: Justice Stephen Hall will handle the judge-only trial after ruling on evidence admissibility. (Supplied)


    But Justice Hall ruled that evidence could only be used by the prosecution as part of the case against Mr Edwards for the alleged Huntingdale attack.

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    He also rejected an application by the defence for the charges relating to that alleged attack to be the subject of a separate trial, unrelated to the three murder charges Mr Edwards is facing.

    During today's hearing, it was also revealed about 580 witnesses are set to be called in the nine-month trial, although both the prosecution and defence lawyers said they would work to try to reduce that number.

    Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said the trial would start with what she termed "the Edwards brief", dealing with his background, before proceeding chronologically.

    Mr Edwards, who appeared via video link from Casuarina prison, was remanded in custody after the hearing until his next scheduled pre-trial hearing on April 24.
     
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    Bradley Robert Edwards, from Kewdale, faces eight charges, including the murders of Ciara Glennon, 27, Jane Rimmer, 23, and 18-year-old Sarah Spiers, who were all last seen in Claremont between 1996 and 1997. Picture: Supplied
    Prosecutors in the Claremont serial killings case have won an application for “propensity evidence” to be used against accused man Bradley Robert Edwards when his nine-month trial begins in July, but this will not include claims of his “extreme” taste in pornography.

    After a pre-trial hearing last month, Supreme Court judge Stephen Hall today ruled today that evidence about some of Mr Edwards’ conduct — including a violent attack on a woman at a Perth hospital and an alleged rape at a cemetery — would be admissible in relation to other counts at the trial.

    But he found that propensity evidence about Mr Edwards’ alleged taste in violent pornography could not be used against him, ruling it was not relevant to the trial.

    Propensity evidence relates to allegations about the past conduct of an accused person as well as the character or reputation of the accused.

    Justice Hall also ruled against an application by defence lawyers for some of the counts against Mr Edwards — those known as the Huntingdale offences — to be tried separately.

    It was also revealed in court that 580 witnesses could be called to give evidence at the trial, which is due to start on July 22.

    Justice Hall ruled that evidence relating to the commission of the Huntingdale offences — including an alleged attack by Mr Edwards on a woman in 1998 — was admissible as propensity evidence for the other charges.

    He found evidence about an attack on a woman at Perth’s Hollywood Hospital in 1990 — a crime Mr Edwards has previously admitted — was also admissible in respect of the other counts.

    Evidence about the so-called Telstra Living Witness Project evidence — which relates to a man picking up women off the streets of Claremont in the mid-1990s — would also be admissible as propensity evidence, as would allegations about a violent sexual assault on a woman at Karrakatta Cemetery.

    However, he refused to allow evidence about Mr Edwards’ pornography collection.

    The court was told last month that Mr Edwards maintained a list of almost 4000 pornographic websites and wrote stories about abduction and rape that bore a “striking” similarity to the alleged Karrakatta assault.

    Prosecutors claimed last month that some of the pornography found on Mr Edwards’ computer after his arrest in 2016 was “extreme”

    “The pornography evidence is not relevant to the facts in issue in this case and is not admissible in respect of any of the counts,” the judge said today.

    Justice Hall rejected the defence’s application for the Huntingdale offences to be tried separately from the remaining charges.

    “Counts 1 and 2 (the Huntingdale offences) are properly joined with the other counts in the indictment because they form part of a series of offences of the same of similar character.

    “Any prejudice to the accused arising from a joint trial can be guarded against and the discretion to order a separate trial should not be exercised.”

    Mr Edwards has pleaded not guilty to the murders of Sarah Spiers, 18, Ciara Glennon, 27, and Jane Rimmer, 23, who all went missing from the Claremont nightlife area in 1996 and 1997.

    He has also pleaded not guilty to the Karrakatta rape in 1995.

    The case will return to court for a directions hearing on April 24.
     
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    Police Investigate Bradley Robert Edwards' Prison Injury

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    Police have completed their investigation into what caused an injury suffered by alleged Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards in Hakea prison.

    "looking like it was self inflicted" and not serious...

    Claremont accused stabbed himself

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    Accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards stabbed self in ear: police inquiry
    Accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards stabbed himself in the ear with a pencil in a prison shower block, a police inquiry has found.

    Gabrielle Knowles and Tim Clarke
    PerthNowMARCH 13, 20198:11PM
    Accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards stabbed himself in the ear with a pencil in a prison shower block, a police inquiry has found.

    WA Police released a short statement this afternoon saying they had completed an investigation into the injury he suffered at Hakea Prison on February 18.

    “There is no evidence of any criminal act being committed,” WA Police said.

    On the morning of February 18, with Mr Edwards due in court for the start of a pre-trial hearing, he was found bleeding on the floor of a shower block in Hakea prison with a pencil nearby.

    The scheduled court hearing was cancelled, and after being treated on-site, Mr Edwards was taken by ambulance to Fiona Stanley Hospital under armed guard.

    He was seen being wheeled into the emergency department with a bandaged right ear and an apparent scratch on his neck.

    And an immediate and urgent investigation was launched into how WA’s most guarded and scrutinised prisoner could end up injured and bleeding.

    Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan initially said Mr Edwards had been attacked by another prisoner. But minutes later Corrective Services Commissioner Tony Hassall would not confirm an assault had taken place.

    With this afternoon’s statement, police yesterday seemingly ruled that out.

    Mr Edwards is due to stand trial in July over the murders of Ciara Glennon, Sarah Spiers and Jane Rimmer, as well as two separate attacks on two other women.

    The case is due to return to court next week.

    WA’s Commissioner of Prisons’ Tony Hassall said after the incident that the damage to Mr Edwards’ ear was not nearly as serious as initially reported and that the injury was “relatively minor”.

    Originally published as Claremont accused stabbed himself
     
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    https://thewest.com.au/news/claremo...ears-before-claremont-killings-ng-b881140548z

    Accused serial killer Bradley Edwards was ordered into a sex offender’s treatment program more than five years before he allegedly murdered three women he is accused of grabbing off the streets of Claremont in 1996 and 1997.



    Claremont serial killings: Bradley Edwards was ordered into a sex-offender’s treatment program more than five years before Claremont killings
    Tim ClarkeThe West Australian
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    On the other hand, the defence had wanted to effectively split the trial in two to have heard separately allegations Mr Edwards broke into a Huntingdale house in 1988 and attacked a teenager sleeping inside.

    That was also ruled out.

    “There is a sufficient connection between (the) counts ... given the underlying similarity of the conduct, notwithstanding the differences as to place and time and some of the circumstances,” Justice Hall said.

    Also contained in the more than 70 pages of judgment were more facts behind the State’s case that Mr Edwards was the man who abducted and murdered Sarah Spiers, Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer.

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    They included the revelation the now 50-year-old was placed on a sex offender treatment program for nearly a year after his conviction in 1990 for an attack on a lone, vulnerable woman at Hollywood hospital.

    Mr Edwards was convicted of a charge of common assault after he admitted approaching the 40-year-old social worker from behind, placing a piece of material over her nose and mouth and dragging her backward towards a toilet.

    After a struggle, the woman broke free and a hospital security guard detained Mr Edwards.

    Three weeks later, he was sentenced to two years probation.

    In his ruling, Justice Hall said the so-called “Huntingdale Prowler” evidence — which details a series of bizarre sightings of a man breaking into houses and stealing women’s clothing close to where Mr Edwards lived in Huntingdale in 1988 — would be admissible in the hearing of the allegations he subsequently attacked a young girl in a house in the same area.

    The former Telstra technician is alleged to have broken into the house he was familiar with, closed the doors to all the bedrooms, unplugged the landline telephone and then launched himself at an 18-year-old girl, attacking her as she lay face down, asleep in her bed.

    However, that prowler evidence will not be taken into account when considering the three murder charges.

    Prosecutors claimed it should have been because it could show Mr Edwards’ tendency to “prowl an area of familiarly at night-time in a distinctive manner in order to create and/or seize opportunities to commit an offence with a sexual motive”. The last of those Huntingdale break-ins was yesterday revealed to be especially disturbing.

    In October 1988, months after Mr Edwards’ alleged attack on the sleeping girl, prosecutors say he sneaked into a house in Harpenden Street and hid in a toilet for 15 minutes while the female occupant showered.

    As she walked passed the toilet, Edwards is said to have leapt at her, pushed her against the wall and slapped her repeatedly around the head. But the victim still saw enough of the man to notice him wearing a satin nightie and layers of ladies’ clothing.

    He was also barefoot and wearing underpants over his head, with his eyes exposed.

    The woman fought back, punching the intruder and kneeing him in the groin.

    And when he saw the woman’s young daughter standing nearby, the intruder fled.

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    Justice Hall also ruled evidence labelled the “Telstra Living Witness Project” — which details several occasions where a man driving a Telstra vehicle stopped to pick up lone women in the Claremont area in 1995 and 1996 — can be used in the murder charges, but not in the Huntingdale charge.

    And the evidence surrounding Mr Edwards’ final charge — that he raped a woman at Karrakatta cemetery after grabbing her off the street in Claremont in February 1995 — is admissible to all the charges, Justice Hall ruled. His description of the State’s case starkly laid out why.

    “Each victim had been participating in the nightlife activities in the Claremont precinct on the night that they were attacked or disappeared ... was taken suddenly ... were attacked within a 25-month period, were attacked in the early hours of the morning on a Saturday or Sunday.

    “All four victims were aged between 18 and 27-years-old, were of small build and fair complexion ... were vulnerable in that they were intoxicated and were alone ... and there is evidence that each of the victims of the Claremont murders were driven from the area where they were abducted.”

    Mr Edwards has denied all the charges against him. He only spoke yesterday to confirm he could hear the court via a video link from Casuarina prison. He was moved there after an apparent self-harm incident — where authorities believe he stabbed himself in the ear with a pencil — on the scheduled first morning of the hearing last month.

    The case will return to court next month.
     
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    Claremont serial killings: Police told of Telstra vehicle clues 15 years ago, says former top cop Karl O’Callaghan

    Gary Adshead || The West Australian Tuesday, March 26, 2019 02:01AM
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    A bombshell twist has emerged in the case of the Claremont serial killings after a former police commissioner said evidence of a Telstra vehicle stalking young women was identified in 2004 — more than a decade before a Telstra employee was arrested over the crimes.

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    Now, The West Australian can reveal that a Telstra link was highlighted by an independent review of the Claremont investigation, headed up by then South Australian detective superintendent Paul Schramm in late 2004.

    “If I am correct, the Schramm review made a comment that the angle around a Telstra vehicle should be followed up,” Mr O’Callaghan said yesterday.

    “It was a line a of inquiry that he wanted closed off.”

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    But Mr O’Callaghan, who became commissioner in 2004, said he was unsure if the Macro Taskforce — in charge of investigating the Claremont cases — pursued the Telstra line or whether it was “actioned”. “Exactly how much emphasis they put on the Telstra inquiry at that time I don’t know,” Mr O’Callaghan said.

    “I assumed they would have gone through the recommendations one by one and crossed them off.

    “I never personally checked with anyone and it would have been up to the senior investigating officer to work through those things and tick them off. ”

    He said that he became aware of the Telstra vehicle evidence years after the Schramm review, when a senior officer raised it as part of a new inquiry into the serial killings. That inquiry resulted in Mr Edwards’ arrest.

    WA Police declined to comment yesterday.

    In December 2004, Supt Schramm said his review had found “additional investigative opportunities”, but he did not elaborate. He also said the series of crimes had been “thoroughly and comprehensively investigated”. “It is now our considered opinion that if these crimes are to be solved it will probably be through careful and incremental progress or new information,” Supt Schramm said at the time.

    The pre-trial hearings revealed Mr Edwards was convicted of common assault in 1990, when he grabbed a woman from behind at Hollywood Hospital in Nedlands while working there as a Telstra technician.

    There was also new evidence about a Telstra knife being found on the same day and along the same stretch of road in Wellard where Miss Rimmer’s body was located in 1996.

    Whether the knife was linked to the discovery of her remains at the time is unclear.

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    A Telstra vehicle, similar to this Holden Commodore wagon, was seen driving around Claremont.
    But Ms Barbagallo went through, in detail, a series of incidents involving a Telstra vehicle which form part of what the prosecution has dubbed the “Telstra Living Witness Project”.

    “The State’s case is that the accused was the man involved in the Telstra living witness incidents and that this is relevant to the identity of the person alleged to have committed counts 3 to 8 — that is the Karrakatta sexual assault and the Claremont murders,” Justice Stephen Hall said in a judgment last week.

    Mr Edwards worked as a Telstra technician from January 1986, when the company was called Telecom, until his arrest in December 2016.

    According to the fresh evidence, a Telstra vehicle being driven by a solo male offered lifts to young women in the Cottesloe and Claremont areas between 1995 and 1997.

    Most reports described the vehicle as a white Holden Commodore station wagon.

    “There was a series of incidents involving a sole male driver driving around the Claremont area approaching young women who are on foot and seemingly alone, and in some cases offering them a lift,” Ms Barbagallo said. “The sole driver was either a man who was driving a Telstra vehicle or identified himself as working for Telstra.”

    In one incident that occurred on a Saturday night in early December 1995, a man driving a white vehicle on Stirling Highway in Claremont offered a young woman a ride before telling her he was a Telstra technician and that he was out looking for “damsels in distress”.

    “He drove her to her requested location in Innaloo,” Ms Barbagallo told the court.

    “When she got out the male driver also got out and followed her. He grabbed her at least once and tried to kiss her, prompting her to push him away. The driver’s description, very broadly, did not exclude the accused man.”

    On January 27, 1996 —the same day that Miss Spiers went missing in the early hours from Claremont after leaving Club Bay View — a woman reported a Telstra vehicle pulling up alongside her, the window being wound down and the driver staring at her before driving away.

    There was another incident in late November or early December 1996 when a man driving a Commodore wagon with a Telstra logo offered two women a lift on Stirling Highway.

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    When one of the women felt “uneasy” about being in the car she made an excuse and the two passengers got out.

    What wasn’t explained during the pre-trial submissions was when these accounts of a Telstra vehicle were given to police. Mr O’Callaghan said there was another Telstra connection made before the serial killings, after a 17-year-old teenager was abducted on Gugeri Street in Claremont and raped in Karrakatta Cemetery in February 1995.

    Ms Barbagallo made reference to that link during the pre-trial hearings.

    “Prior to the complainant arriving at Hollywood Village Nursing Home a security guard employed at Hollywood Hospital observed a white van, which appeared to be new and had Telecom markings on it, drive past the main entrance of the hospital towards Karrakatta Cemetery,” Ms Barbagallo said.

    Mr O’Callaghan, who resigned after 13 years as commissioner in 2017, said all of the Telstra matters were raised with him before a cold case review of Claremont began using a team of new detectives.

    “This was mentioned to me some years later by a senior officer,” the former commissioner said.

    “It was one of the lines of inquiry that Schramm thought the investigative team should follow. That was what was said to me in the last five years.”

    The pre-trial hearings have also heard that Mr Edwards entered into a sex offender’s treatment program after his 1990 conviction for the assault of a worker at Hollywood Hospital.

    Mr Edwards was also placed on two years probation and continued to work for Telstra.
     
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    https://thewest.com.au/news/claremo...s-podcast-episode-four-out-now-ng-b881146436z

    Episode 4: The Case Against Bradley Robert Edwards


    "An evolution - prowling Huntingdale 1988 - attacking a social worker in 1990 - raping a 17yo woman in Karrakata 1995"

    "9 separate incidents within a km of his home in Huntingdale" stealing underwear - wearing Kimono's - wearing layers of womens clothing.

    "knew the brother of the victim in Huntingdale" - had knowledge of this home.
     
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    Claremont serial killings: Former Macro Taskforce officer Tony Potts defends police investigation
    Gary AdsheadThe West Australian
    Monday, 1 April 2019 2:01AM

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    “From memory there were reports of Telstra vehicles and other white vehicles,” Mr Potts said. “There was information about Australia Post, information about all sorts of vehicles stopping to talk to people. That line of in-quiry was always open and a focus of the investigation.”

    He rejected comments by former police commissioner Karl O’Callaghan, pictured, who believes the family of the late Mr Williams deserve an apology.

    “I’m just a bit concerned about what is being said by people who were not actively involved at the time,” Mr Potts said. “The (investigation) was the best, most competent investigation I have ever been in.”

    The West Australian revealed a 2004 review of the Macro Taskforce highlighted the need to follow up evidence about a Telstra vehicle stalking women in the Claremont area before and during the time of the killings. Mr O’Callaghan — the commissioner at the time — said that he was unsure if the Telstra inquiry lines were pursued.

    “All those lines of inquiry of that nature were allocated to investigators and followed through,” Mr Potts said.

    He said he did not believe Bradley Robert Edwards, a former Telstra technician and the man accused of the murders and a 1995 sexual assault and who has pleaded not guilty, was known to the original inquiry.

    Mr Potts said the focus on Mr Williams as a suspect was appropriate because of his behaviour.
     
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    The July start date for the Claremont serial killings trial could be derailed, with revelations significant new evidence has emerged.

    As accused killer Bradley Robert Edwards watched on from the dock, Ms Barbagallo told the court that the item is a piece of clothing, used by Telstra technicians in the 1990s - a role Edwards was working in at the time of the killings.
    She said the clothing was being examined by fibre experts and will be compared with other fibres that will be admitted in evidence in the trial.
    The new evidence that could delay Claremont killings trial
     
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