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GRAPHIC and disturbing images of two of the Claremont serial killer’s victims may be shown at the accused man’s trial, court documents have revealed.

WA Supreme Court Justice Michael Corboy last year ruled the nine-month trial of Bradley Robert Edwards, 50, would be heard by a judge alone, not a jury, and his full reasons were published on Tuesday.

The murders, which happened in 1996 and 1997, had generated a huge amount of publicity and there was a real and substantial doubt that any direction given to a jury by a judge could overcome the “lingering prejudice”, Justice Corboy said.

He also noted the state had flagged plans to submit video and photos of the bodies of Ciara Glennon, 27, and 23-year-old Jane Rimmer, both in the bushland where they were found and during post-mortem examinations.


Justice Corboy said such material was not necessary for most homicide trials but the state had identified grounds upon which it contended the images would be relevant.


“I accept that the characterisation of the material as ‘particularly graphic and disturbing’ and ‘so upsetting to some jurors that they may be unable to objectively consider the relevance and significance of (what) these exhibits depict’ is accurate,” he said.
 

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Claremont Serial Killings: New evidence could delay trial start
Tim Clarke
The West Australian
Tuesday, 4 June 2019 2:11PM


https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/thewest.com.au/news/claremont-serial-killings/claremont-serial-killings-new-evidence-could-delay-trial-start-ng-b881220409z.amp



"Lawyers for alleged Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards, and the prosecutors who will accuse of him of WA’s most notorious murders, will argue later this week over whether the start of his trial should be delayed."
 

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"Claremont killer trial likely to be postponed due to new potential evidence"

WAToday;
By Heather McNeill
June 6, 2019 — 10.10am


https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/claremont-killer-trial-likely-to-be-postponed-due-to-new-potential-evidence-20190606-p51v2b.html


"The trial of accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards could be postponed to November, due to the late admission of new potential evidence by the state."

"Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo SC revealed in April the state had uncovered Telstra clothing that was used by technicians during the 1990s, over the same period when Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon were murdered."

"The potential of this evidence, we say, is quite significant," she said.


"Mr Yovich has requested a new trial start date not before the 18 November."
 

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"Claremont Serial Killings: lawyers for accused killer Bradley Robert Edwards bid to delay trial until November"

Shannon Hampton
The West Australian
Thursday, 6 June 2019 11:00AM

https://thewest.com.au/news/claremont-serial-killings/claremont-serial-killings-lawyers-for-accused-killer-bradley-robert-edwards-bid-to-delay-trial-until-november-ng-b881222634z

"Mr Yovich today said he was still waiting on disclosure from the State and said he arrived at the November date after discussions with defence experts, saying the earliest date he could meet his disclosure obligations would be October 18."

"The court was told the prosecution was not expecting one of its expert reports until July 19 – three days before the trial is due to start."

“The earliest dates that we considered would meet the necessary considerations allowing us to meet the State case, know the state case and to know in enough detail what our response to the state case would be to start the trial,” Mr Yovich said.



"Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo has conceded the trial should be delayed but is arguing it could start earlier than November."
 

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Sorry I found this 4 months late whilst doing a google search on "where to buy the west australian newspaper in .... ".

February 14, 2019 9:33
by ZOE SAMIOS
De Ceglie anticipates his major task – creating a paywall or thewest.com.au – will occur mid year, in line with a major murder case in Perth. But the timing of the paywall is interesting.
De Ceglie knows his biggest challenge will be educating the audience so they understand why content can no longer be free.
“Putting The West behind a paywall for the first time and getting that to work, and properly communicating to the audience why we are doing it and why it’s the future of journalism, why we need their support and why the money is worth it [is the biggest challenge],” he says.
“We have a really big, big murder case over here in the middle of the year – the Claremont serial killer trial.
“We know true crime is such a big driver of subscriptions and such a big driver of eyeballs and audiences that I really want to have us behind the paywall before then, so we can explain to our readers why that journalism is actually worth their money, why the quality of it is worth their money.
 

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Sorry about the quality of the below from Today's "West".
It was really foggy here in Sydney this early morning.
A bit of photoshopping might help clear the fog.
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"The Supreme Court judge presiding over the Claremont serial killings trial has chastised prosecutors for failing to advise the court over potential new evidence — after it emerged a separate two day hearing would need to be held to deal with new issues arising from objections."

 

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"These matters are yet to be resolved, so at a criminal case conference in the Supreme Court of WA on Friday, a two-day hearing was tentatively scheduled for October 21 and 22 - less than four weeks before the murder trial is set to start."

"Justice Stephen Hall, who will hear the nine-month trial without a jury, initially planned to push through most of the Christmas break but now concedes that could prove difficult, especially for witnesses.
The trial will now break for a fortnight, resuming on January 6, but legal argument may be heard during that period."

"Edwards appeared in court on Friday via videolink from the maximum-security Casuarina Prison but must appear at the hearing in October in person."

 

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A great summary on news.com.au

JUDGE RULES ON 14 OBJECTIONS IN CLAREMONT TRIAL:

The defence team for accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards has had many objections to evidence gathered by prosecutors ruled not relevant.
Australian Associated Press AUGUST 9, 2019 5:14PM

1. A woman said she found Edwards, aged 13 or 14, in her bedroom during a family visit and later saw a bra strap hanging out of a drawer, which the state says shows his unusual interest in women's underclothing. Deemed not relevant

2. His first wife's claim he denied remembering attacking a social worker at Hollywood Hospital in 1990 deemed not presently relevant. Rulings on other parts of her statement deferred

3. Two parts of his second wife's statement deemed not relevant, but the prosecution's evidence that the murders ceased after Edwards started his new relationship and previously had more opportunities to be out late at night without it being noticed deemed relevant

4. An old school friend said Edwards didn't react when he was teased by his brother about a "stash of chick's undies that were found in his bedroom", silence that the state says can be taken as an admission of an interest in women's underclothing. Deemed not admissible

5. A woman who he dated said he once inexplicably drove her to a bush location, and the state says this is relevant because the bodies of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon were found in bushland. Deemed not relevant

6. A woman said he would refer to his ex-wife as "the bitch", which the state says indicates he was likely to have felt emotional upset or turmoil at the time of their break-up. Judge rules: "I do not accept that line of reasoning"

7. Ruling on a statement by Edwards' love rival, relied upon by the state to support its emotional turmoil argument, deferred pending further submissions

8. A former Telstra colleague's statement about after-hours callouts, which the state says is relevant given evidence Telstra vehicles were seen late at night in the Claremont area, deemed vague and inadmissible.

9. A statement by another former colleague, who said he knew Edwards had worked at Claremont Superdome in the 1990s, while the accused told police he had nothing to do with the area until after 2009, "could not be said to be irrelevant"

10. A statement by a man who said he saw a Telstra van parked at Karrakatta cemetery on four or five occasions in the mid-1990s deemed not relevant as it didn't make Edwards more likely to have committed two rapes there months earlier

11, 12. Statements about Sarah Spiers' state of mind, which the prosecution says is relevant in excluding other possible explanations for her disappearance other than abduction by a stranger, deemed relevant and admissible

13. Statements by a colleague of Ciara Glennon about her state of mind deemed partly irrelevant as suicide is a "non-issue" but relevant to it being more likely she was abducted by a stranger

14. In a police interview, Edwards admits dressing up in women's clothing then denies it and says that he doesn't feel comfortable talking about when pressed. Judge says it "does not make more probable any fact in issue in the case". Also deems an officer's comment about DNA evidence that "science speaks for itself" not relevant.
 

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