Claremont accused’s wife ‘feared for her life’


Former Telstra technician Bradley Robert Edwards is battling accusations he murdered secretary Sarah Spiers, 18, child care worker Jane Rimmer, 23, and lawyer Ciara Glennon, 27, after they spent nights out in 1996 and 1997.

Edwards’ second wife, whose identity is suppressed, testified in the Western Australia Supreme Court on Thursday that in 2014 – the year before she left him – she took notes from his bank statements.

At least one from late December 1996 to early April 1997 was missing. Ms Glennon was taken on March 15, 1997 and her body was dumped in bushland.

An earlier statement showed two withdrawals from a Bayview Terrace ATM in December 1996.

Edwards told police he had no association with the affluent suburb. But another woman who casually dated Edwards in the mid-1990s said they “certainly” went to Claremont and “more than likely” visited The Continental Hotel, where Ms Glennon and Ms Rimmer were seen shortly before they were abducted.

The alleged Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards during happier times in his first marriage. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Asked by prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo why she took the notes, the second wife said their relationship “started to escalate”.

“I feared for my life”, she said but was prevented from expanding.

Asked if she wrote the notes in chronological order, she replied she was “terrified while writing this”.

When defence counsel Paul Yovich asked if she wrote them in one go, she volunteered she was “scared stiffless” but the barrister cut her off, telling her he didn’t need “editorial”.

With a clear recollection, the woman said the pair “fell in love pretty quickly” after meeting on April 1, 1997.

But about two months later while driving her home, a “very edgy” Edwards stopped suddenly and confessed he had a criminal record for assaulting a woman during a “brain snap”, triggered by his first wife confessing she had cheated on him while they were dating.

“He cried and everything … I felt sorry for him,” the second wife said.

“He was all ‘woe is me’.”

Bradley Edwards is accused of murdering multiple women. Picture: AAP

Bradley Edwards is accused of murdering multiple women. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

In the 1990 attack, he grabbed a Hollywood Hospital social worker from behind and tried to drag her into toilets.

Cable ties were found in his pocket and he was ordered to complete a sex offender program.

“He minimised it and that’s all I knew about it – it was just an assault,” the second wife said.

A former girlfriend, whose name is also suppressed, said Edwards spoke about his first marriage breakdown without anger or bitterness and was “matter-of-fact about it”.

She said their relationship “started to fizzle” after they spent a weekend in Margaret River in February 1997 and ended weeks later, adding it had “well and truly finished” by late April.

“He told me he’d met somebody else,” she said.

They then had sex.

Mr Yovich asked if Edwards was “trying to be nice about it” and the woman replied: “I guess so.” The next morning, Edwards still wanted to break up.

Edwards worked for Telstra as a technician. Picture: AAP

Edwards worked for Telstra as a technician. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Former friend Paul Luff testified he did not remember the accused’s second wedding, but he had seen photographs confirming he was the best man.

Mr Luff said after Edwards separated from his first wife he was “a little bit broken up about it” and began drinking more.

“He said he was going to give it up, it was too hard for him to keep drinking like that,” he said.

“He was pretty upset, he was obviously a little bit depressed.”

Mr Luff said he asked Edwards at one point if he was going to “top” himself, to which Edwards replied he would “get through this”.

He said Edwards later became focused on his second wife and drank little.

Prosecutors allege upsetting moments in Edwards’ first marriage breakdown corresponded with the murders.



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