Claremont trial: Victim's silver Guess watch provides timeline of killing
The Claremont serial killer's second victim was "upset" and "sad" on the night she disappeared from a popular Perth entertainment strip, a court has heard.
Never-before-seen footage of Jane Rimmer's final hours were played in the trial of her accused killer Bradley Robert Edwards, 51.
The Telstra technician denies murdering Sarah Spiers, Ms Rimmer and Ciara Glennon in the mid-1990s.
Grainy security videos captured Ms Rimmer, a childcare worker, smiling and talking to friends outside nightclubs in Claremont on the evening of June 8, 1996.
Her friend and colleague Lynda Donovan, 49, revealed the 23-year-old was drunk and feeling down that night.
"She was just really sad and saying that she was ugly, fat and all those sort of things," Ms Donovan said.
"I was just trying to comfort her and say that wasn't true."
Ms Donovan said she and her friends left the Continental Hotel to catch a taxi home but Ms Rimmer wanted to stay out.
They got the driver to turn past the pub, and saw the 23-year-old on her own, leaning against a pole outside.
Ms Donovan wound down the window and said "get in the taxi", but Ms Rimmer "shook her head and turned away".
That's the last time she saw her friend.
CCTV captured Ms Rimmer's lonely last moment outside the hotel, looking down at her watch at 12:04am.
The rotating camera turned away for about 35 seconds, and when it returned, she was gone.
The court heard police failed to positively identify confessed rapist Bradley Edwards in any security footage from the Claremont area on the nights the women vanished.
One particular recording showed a dark haired, broad shouldered man approaching the counter of a BP service station in Nedlands at 7:06pm on the evening of Ciara Glennon's disappearance.
Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said the poor quality of the footage means you can neither confirm nor rule out Edwards as the mystery man.
But that video may never be seen outside the courtroom after Justice Stephen Hall declined to release it to the media, as it isn't a confirmed sighting.
The trial also heard stunning details about the chance discovery of Jane Rimmer's watch hours after her disappearance.
Paul Langenbach, 43, said he was horse riding in Wellard around 2pm on June 9, 1996 when, for some reason, his horse got "spooked" and threw him to the ground.
He looked down and found the silver Guess watch, clueless to the fact the murdered woman was lying in bush just metres away.
Mr Lagenbach said he took the watch home, and only made the connection to Ms Rimmer after her body was found in August that year.