Bradley Robert Edwards was found guilty on Thursday. He murdered 23-year-old childcare worker Jane Rimmer in 1996 and murdered 27-year-old lawyer Ciara in 1997. Glennon. He was found not guilty of murdering 18-year-old secretary Sarah Spiers. Due to insufficient evidence, the body was never found.
The verdict was made after a seven-month separate trial by the judge in the case, and the case continues to surface in the minds of residents of Perth, Western Australia.
The judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, Stephen Hall, said in his judgment: “The incident occurred more than 20 years ago, but it bothered many people and the public conscience.”
“The disappearance and possible murder of the three young women is enough to cause widespread concern. The fact that the three are missing has inspired a real and widespread sense of fear in a popular nightlife area frequented by many young people.”
After spending a night in the wealthy Perth suburb of Claremont, the last time all three women met was early in the morning. The picture of the spire-missing in 1996-was plastered with plaster around the city, and she often appeared on the front page of local newspapers.
The disappearance of women triggered widespread fear in Perth. Many people were shocked to discover that women had been kidnapped from suburbs such as Claremont, which were considered safe.
Hall said: “The fact that three young women disappeared from the streets of Claremont created the so-called dark mystery.” “That said, who caught these three victims has always been a mystery.”
Within weeks of their deaths, the bodies of Rimmer and Glennon were found in the jungle. In the verdict, Hall said that both were killed by injuries to their necks.
Hall said that the last time he saw the spike was in the early morning of January 27, 1996. Her body has not been found, but there is no indication that she is still alive.
He added: “She must have been kidnapped or killed, but the circumstances under which she was taken away and the cause of her death are unclear.”
For decades, their disappearance has not been resolved. Then, in 2016, the police made a breakthrough.
Edwards-who was sent to jail in 2016 after being convicted of rape twice-was identified as a suspect.
The police compared his DNA with a sample taken from under the nail of Glennon’s left hand. The prosecution believes that DNA may have been stuck by her in a fierce struggle before her death.
They also stated that the fibers found on the bodies of Rimmer and Glennon matched those obtained from Edwards’ work car, which indicated that he kidnapped two women in that car. When he was kidnapped, Edwards was hired by Telstra, an Australian telecommunications company.
Reaction to the verdict
Lee Rimmer welcomed the verdict on Thursday, saying that after more than two decades, she did not know what had happened to her sister.
She told CNN’s Channel 9: “I think you will be closed, but it will always remain the same. No one will bring her back.”
Western Australia Governor Mark McGowan said what happened to these young women has changed the state.
“In this long and tragic ordeal, Western Australia has been haunting you.”
According to Channel 9, Edwards will be sentenced on December 23.
CNN’s Samantha Beech and Angus Watson contributed reporting.