Could car fibres finally solve the Claremont murders? Prosecutors order analysis of victim’s clothing to see if it matches those found in accused serial killer’s car

Prosecutors have sought further analysis of fibres from a car driven by alleged Claremont serial killer Bradley Edwards ahead of the trial.

Bradley Robert Edwards, 50, will go on trial over the murders of Ms Glennon, 27, Jane Rimmer, 23, and 18-year-old Sarah Spiers.

Ms Spiers was the first of the Claremont victims to vanish in January 1996, while Ms Glennon was the third in March 1997.

All three women were last seen enjoying a night out in the up-market area.

The bodies of Ms Rimmer, a childcare worker, and Ms Glennon, a lawyer, were discovered in bushland weeks after they were killed, but the body of Ms Spiers, a secretary, has never been found. 

Edwards, a former Telstra worker and Little Athletics coach, is also accused of attacking an 18-year-old woman in her Huntingdale home in 1988 and raping a 17-year-old girl in Karrakatta in 1995. 

The judge-alone trial will begin on July 22 and is expected to run for nine months.

At a case management conference in the Supreme Court of Western Australia on Thursday, prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said the time-consuming fibre analysis would be undertaken as quickly as possible so the scheduled trial start date remained on track.

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