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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.