World News – AU – Claremont serial killer accused of learning fate in long-awaited judgment

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Accused Claremont Bradley serial killer Robert Edwards will learn of his fate on Thursday when one of the most anticipated judgments in Western Australian history is delivered

Edwards, 51, denies murdering secretary Sarah Spiers, 18, babysitter Jane Rimmer, 23, and lawyer Ciara Glennon, 27, after each spending an evening with friends in pubs around the affluent suburbs in 1996 and 1997

The confessed rapist and former Telstra tech faced a seven-month trial in Washington State Supreme Court that ended in late June

Judge Stephen Hall will deliver his verdicts after spending nearly three months reviewing the evidence, including testimony from over 200 witnesses as well as DNA and fiber analysis

Members of the public should pack the courtroom and two overflowing public galleries given the enormous interest in the matter

Edwards was charged with the murder of Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon after a raid on his Kewdale home in December 2016

The bodies of Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon were discovered in the bush weeks after their deaths, but Ms Spiers’ body has never been found

Edwards committed his first known crime against women in 1988, breaking into the Huntingdale home of an 18-year-old acquaintance and indecently assaulting her while she was sleeping

He provided crucial evidence homicide detectives needed to arrest him almost 29 years later

He had left behind a semen-stained silk kimono stolen from a clothesline and when it was finally tested in November 2016 the DNA matched swabs taken from a teenage boy he kidnapped in Claremont then raped at the nearby Karrakatta cemetery in 1995

Edwards did not admit to the crimes of Huntingdale and Karrakatta until the month before his trial with a judge alone began

The defense lasted only a few minutes, with Edwards choosing not to speak and his lawyer calling no witnesses

But his lawyers hinted throughout the trial that DNA evidence in the lab was contaminated by samples taken from Edwards’ rape victim

Prosecutors reportedly found fibers from Edwards’ work car and clothes on Ms Glennon, Ms Rimmer and the rape victim

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News from the world – UA – Accused of Claremont serial killer to learn fate in a long awaited judgment


SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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