Claims of accused Claremont killers state of mind revealed
The Supreme Court has heard chilling claims of the accused Claremont serial killer's state of mind during an attack on a stranger in 1990, which prosecutors allege showed a pattern of behaviour he went on to repeat years later.
Psychiatrics reports following Bradley Robert Edwards' conviction for an attack on a woman at Hollywood Hospital in 1990, found he was an "emotionally constricted" man with a "fragile self-esteem" who was frustrated in his personal life.
Prosecutors want to lead evidence in his upcoming trial they say shows turmoil in his life aligns with the timing of the three Claremont murders.
"Some wrong is done to him by someone close to him, he then takes it out on someone he doesn't know," said prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo.
Edwards’ lawyers are fighting to prevent some details of his private life being heard at trial, they say it's not relevant and his mental state wasn't impacted.
The court also heard other details the prosecution wants to include at trial; among them chilling allegations that the former Telstra technician lay in wait for months before the Claremont murders, for an opportunity to kill.
They’re pushing to include a witness statement claiming a Telstra van was seen multiple times near Karrakatta cemetery about eight months after a woman was raped there, and three months before Sarah Spiers disappeared.
“He returned to those areas seeking opportunities to abduct, sexually assault and or murder young women," said Ms Barbagallo.
But his lawyer claims this statement is not relevant due to the timing, and Telstra records show no vehicle was ever authorised to him at that time for personal use.
Edwards denies murdering Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, who all disappeared from the upmarket suburb of Claremont in the 1990s. He also denies two sex attacks in Huntingdale and Karrakatta.
Edwards' DNA was allegedly found on a kimono at the scene of an attack in Huntingdale, and under Ciara Glennon's fingernails.
The court was told following his arrest Edwards told police in a recorded interview "You assume I've done it."
They replied: “Science speaks for itself... we know who this person is.”
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