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.
"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."
"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."
"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."