Claremont victim seen leaning into a car


Former Telstra technician Bradley Robert Edwards, 51, maintains he did not murder the 27-year-old solicitor in March 1997, and 18-year-old secretary Sarah Spiers and 23-year-old childcare worker Jane Rimmer in 1996.

Several people saw Ms Glennon walking alone down Stirling Highway on the night she went missing, minutes after she left colleagues at the Continental Hotel.

Susan Robinson testified on Monday that something made her look twice as she and her husband drove past, saying she saw a slight-built woman leaning towards a light coloured vehicle “talking to somebody”.

Denis Glennon, father of Ciara Glennon. Bradley Robert Edwards has pleaded not guilty to the murders of Jane Rimmer, 23, Ciara Glennon, 27, and Sarah Spiers, 18, in 1996 and 1997. Picture: AAP/Richard WainwrightSource:AAP

“I’m certain that he had light brown hair,” she told the Western Australia Supreme Court.

“In my mind at the time, I thought he was quite handsome.”

Ms Robinson provided a description of the man for a police sketch artist the following month.

An image tendered as evidence of a car Annabelle Bushell told the WA Supreme Court trial of Bradley Robert Edwards was similar to a Telstra vehicle that she and a friend got into in the Claremont area in the mid-1990s. Picture: AAP

An image tendered as evidence of a car Annabelle Bushell told the WA Supreme Court trial of Bradley Robert Edwards was similar to a Telstra vehicle that she and a friend got into in the Claremont area in the mid-1990s. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Lisa Mighall said she glanced at a slim woman standing next to a light coloured vehicle, which may have been a station wagon or ute similar to a Commodore, bending over like she was getting in.

That model has been referred to several times by other witnesses.

“It was definitely between midnight and 12.30am,” she said in her statement. Margaret Rogers said she saw a woman who looked like Ms Glennon in her headlights.

“She was ambling along and appeared to be relaxed,” Ms Rogers said in a statement.

She also saw a tall man with dark hair walking behind the woman, but she did not think they were together.

She described the woman as being aged in her mid-20s and just over 150cm tall, while other witnesses including Patricia Mullan reported seeing a smartly dressed female.

Ann Kennerly said the woman was “a little unsteady” on her feet and may have been intoxicated.

But Angela Rainbow testified she believed she saw Ms Glennon walking in a straight line, not swaying.

“She looked like she was on a mission,” she said.

Lynette Steenholdt was also adamant who she saw.

“I saw Ciara Glennon. It was about 12.20am,” she said.

“She was holding up her bag … she was trying to get a taxi.”

Thai restaurant cook Phetchara Mombao said she had just closed the venue when her colleague commented on the lone woman’s appearance, saying “she may be the next to go”.

The court has previously heard three men known collectively as “the burger boys” because they were eating outside Hungry Jacks shouted out the woman they saw was “crazy” for hitchhiking.

Victims: Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, who fell victim to the Claremont serial killer from January 1996 to March 1997.

Victims: Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, who fell victim to the Claremont serial killer from January 1996 to March 1997.Source:Supplied

Ms Glennon and Ms Rimmer’s bodies were found in bushland at opposite ends of Perth, but Ms Spiers has never been found.

DAY 16 OF THE CLAREMONT MURDERS TRIAL

CIARA GLENNON SIGHTINGS

* Several people testified they saw a lone woman matching Ciara Glennon’s appearance walking along Stirling Highway on the night she was taken

* Susan Robinson said she saw a woman matching Ms Glennon’s description leaning towards a light coloured vehicle “talking to somebody”

* Lisa Mighall said she glanced at a slim woman, who was bent over like she was getting into a light coloured vehicle, which may have been a station wagon or ute similar to a Commodore, a model that has been referred to by several other witnesses

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

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

OTHER WITNESS STATEMENTS

* Rick Marshall was a Hollywood Hospital security guard in 1990 when Bradley Robert Edwards attacked a social worker from behind and saw him afterwards sitting with his head in his hands, muttering “I don’t know why I did it, I don’t know what came over me”

* When Mr Marshall asked Edwards what happened, he replied: “I just saw her, I grabbed her and tried to drag her into the toilet cubicle”. Edwards then asked: “What am I going to do about work?” and Mr Marshall replied: “That’s the least of your worries”

* David Minchin, who did his Telstra apprenticeship with Edwards, said when they were issued with new knives, the accused claimed he had lost his sharper, green- handled one

* Sharon McColl said hours before Jane Rimmer vanished, she knocked on her door looking for her son but he was not home. “I just called in to see if he was here,” Ms Rimmer told Ms McColl.



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