Accused serial killer faces WA court again

Angie Raphael

A Perth courtroom was packed for the second appearance of a 48-year-old man charged with the murders of two women in the infamous Claremont serial-killer case and sex attacks on two other victims.

Bradley Robert Edwards, from Kewdale, faces eight charges, including the murders of Jane Rimmer in 1996 and Ciara Glennon in 1997.

But the investigation into the suspected murder of Sarah Spiers, who disappeared in 1996, is ongoing.

Edwards is also accused of abducting a 17-year-old girl in February 1995 as she walked through Rowe Park in Claremont and indecently assaulting an 18-year-old woman during a break-in at a Huntingdale home in February 1988.

Edwards appeared in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on Wednesday via video link from Hakea prison wearing a green shirt and glasses.

He showed no emotion and did not speak during proceedings, and was not required to enter a plea.

But the public gallery was packed for the brief court appearance, with some people there just to get a look at the man accused of the killings that shocked Perth 20 years ago and continued to haunt the community for so long.

Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said there had been discussions with the defence and an eight-week adjournment was requested so documents could be provided.

She said the defence also needed to take further instruction from Edwards.

Magistrate Jan Whitbread adjourned the matter to March 29.

It is alleged Edwards abducted Ms Rimmer, 23, in the early hours of June 9, 1996, after she had been on a night out with friends in Claremont.

The child care worker's body was discovered in Wellard on August 3, 1996.

Police also allege he abducted Ms Glennon, 27, on March 14, 1997 after she too had been out in Claremont.

The lawyer's body was discovered in bushland in Eglington on April 3, 1997.

Ms Spiers, 18, is believed to have been the first victim in the killings but the secretary's body has not been found.