Claremont serial killings trial podcast: ‘A new alibi’
On Day 94 of the trial, and the fourth day of Paul Yovich’s closing statements, the defence focussed on Ciara Glennon’s disappearance.
The court had previously been told the night the she disappeared, the accused Claremont Serial Killer Bradley Edwards was supposed to be in Dawesville seeing friends, but didn’t show up until the next morning.
Those friends told the court the reason he gave for his lateness was because he was ‘trying to reconcile with his wife’.
The prosecution say that night he killed Ciara Glennon and dumped her body in Eglington.
But the defence put up a different reason - those witness’s memories were inaccurate and Bradley Edwards was actually breaking up with his girlfriend.
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But that girlfriend, who gave evidence on day four of the trial, said he broke up with her in April, telling her he’d met someone else. The court heard he met his second wife on April 1.
Justice Hall was quick with questions and queries for Paul Yovich, telling the defence lawyer that didn’t make sense.
As Tim Clarke and Alison Fan discuss in this episode, when Bradley Edwards broke up with that girlfriend, he told her the name of the woman he was leaving her for. If that happened in March, it would have been a premonition.
Paul Yovich also questioned why, if he did it, he would drive more than 100 kilometres out of his way to dump a body - to which Justice Hall quickly replied that if he did it, he probably wanted to distance himself from the crime scene as much as possible.
Join Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke and Alison Fan as they discuss the questions Paul Yovich brought up surrounding Ciara Glennon’s disappearance.
If you have any questions for the Claremont in Conversation podcast team, send them in to email@example.com
The West Australian has also released a two-part video series, as Tim Clarke takes you through the areas which are key to the trial, from Claremont, where the women went missing, to Hollywood hospital and to the sites were Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon’s bodies were found.
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