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Mammoth Claremont killings case nearing end

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The Claremont serial killings trial will resume 24 years to the day since the second victim, Jane Rimmer, vanished after a night out in the affluent Perth suburb.

The Claremont serial killings trial will resume 24 years to the day since the second victim, Jane Rimmer, vanished after a night out in the affluent Perth suburb.

All of the evidence has been presented at Bradley Robert Edwards' lengthy judge-alone trial in the Western Australian Supreme Court and on Monday, prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo will begin her closing submissions.

Edwards, a former Telstra technician, insists he is not the infamous predator who murdered secretary Sarah Spiers, 18, childcare worker Ms Rimmer, 23, and solicitor Ciara Glennon, 27, in 1996 and 1997.

The Claremont killings victims: Sarah Spiers, Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer.

"It wasn't me. If it wasn't me, how would I know what happened?" Edwards said in his 2016 police interview, which was played in court.

At the very least, Edwards is a confessed rapist who twice raped a 17-year-old girl he dragged through Karrakatta Cemetery in 1995 and indecently assaulted an 18-year-old woman sleeping in her Huntingdale home in 1988.

His pleas came late though and in that same police interview, he repeatedly lied to detectives about the sex attacks.

Prosecutors called hundreds of witnesses during the trial, including Edwards' two ex-wives, his love rival, former colleagues and people who had run-ins with a stranger offering lifts in Claremont.

Confronting details about the post-mortems on the victims were also revealed, as well as other technical scientific evidence.

In particular, Edwards' DNA was allegedly found on a kimono left behind at the Huntingdale house, on the cemetery rape victim and under Ms Glennon's fingernails.

The bodies of Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon were found by chance, dumped in bushland at opposite ends of Perth, but Ms Spiers' remains have never been located.

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Footage of Edwards' arrest during a raid at his Kewdale home was played in court, showing him handcuffed and swearing.

The court has also heard Edwards, 51, called himself the "bogeyman" online.

Accused Claremont Killer Bradley Robert Edwards

The former Little Athletics coach did not testify and in a surprise twist, barrister Paul Yovich wrapped up the defence case within minutes and called no witnesses.

After hearing closing submissions from the prosecution and defence, Justice Stephen Hall could then take months to write up his judgment.

With AAP

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/claremont-murders-final-arguments-in-bradley-robert-edwards-trial/e5c7500f-f132-4677-80e9-8eb8d1fd50d1

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