AUSTRALIA’s longest-running and most expensive murder investigation has ended with a Perth serial killer being jailed for 40 years without parole.
Applause broke out in Western Australia’s Supreme Court as Bradley Edwards, known as the Claremont Killer, was handed the longest non-parole sentence in the state’s history. The Judge called him a “dangerous predator” who targetted vulnerable young women with “pitiless determination” while hiding under the pretense of being an “ordinary” family man.
Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, were abducted from the Perth suburb of Claremont in 1995 and 1996 as they returned home from nights out with friends. Their bodies were later discovered in bushland outside the city, sparking the murder probe that gripped and horrified Australia.
The 52-year old was convicted of the crimes in September this year, after a three-month trial following over two decades of investigation. He was also convicted of the kidnap and assault of a Claremont teenager in 1995, as well as a 1988 sex attack in Huntingdale.
The serial killer was found not guilty of killing Sarah Spiers, who disappeared from the same suburb as his victims as was suspected to be his first target. Her body has never been found.
“He preyed on weak, young vulnerable women who didn’t stand a chance, how pathetic.” said one surviving victim to the court, “There was no an evil genius at work here, he slipped through the cracks because he was so unremarkable.”
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