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Australia New DNA, fibre witnesses to be allowed in trial of Bradley Edwards for Claremont murders

07:20  08 november  2019
07:20  08 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Forensic scientists, a security guard at Hollywood Hospital and a woman who says she found Jane Rimmer's watch are among new witnesses and evidence allowed to testify at Bradley Edwards 's triple murder trial , a judge rules.

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a couple of people posing for the camera: Bradley Edwards is accused of killing (from top) Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon. (ABC News)© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Bradley Edwards is accused of killing (from top) Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon. (ABC News)

A host of additional witnesses including DNA and fibre experts will be allowed to appear at the trial of the man accused of the Claremont serial killings after a ruling by the trial judge.

Bradley Robert Edwards is accused of the murders of Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, who all vanished from the popular Claremont nightspot in the 1990s.

Last month, during a directions hearing in the Supreme Court, he made shock admissions to sexually motivated attacks on two other women in years before the Claremont disappearances — one in Huntingdale in 1988 and the abduction and rape of a teenager at Karrakatta Cemetery in 1995.

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New DNA , fibre witnesses to be allowed in trial of Bradley Edwards for The Claremont serial killings trial may hear evidence about how confessed rapist Bradley Robert Edwards ' DNA could have been found under the fingernails of one of his alleged murder victims other than by scratching.

Kyle James Henk Daniels, 21, is awaiting trial on 26 charges including multiple counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10, at the Mosman Swim Centre last year. The Downing Centre District Court heard on Monday that nine girls, aged from six to 11, will give evidence as part of the trial .

He pleaded guilty to five charges associated with those crimes, but denies the three murder charges against him.

Edwards has been in custody since his arrest in 2016.

His trial is set to begin on November 25 after months of delays for legal argument and for the prosecution to pursue new lines of investigation.

Glennon DNA and new witnesses allowed

The prosecution had made a series of last-minute applications to introduce new evidence, despite a previous ruling by Justice Stephen Hall that all material be disclosed by July 30 this year.

That evidence includes material relating to DNA found under Ms Glennon's fingernails and how it could have got there.

The ruling also means a string of new witnesses will give evidence, including police, forensic scientists, a security guard at Hollywood Hospital where Edwards was previously convicted of assaulting a social worker, and a mortuary manager.

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Prosecutors in the Claremont serial killing trial have been successful in a late bid to include new evidence, some relating to Bradley Edwards ’ DNA . In reasons published on Friday, Justice Hall allowed some additional statements and evidence, mostly related to DNA and fibre analysis, to be

Bradley Robert Edwards is not the Claremont serial killer and the scientific evidence prosecutors are relying on may be contaminated, his lawyer has "The proper approach in any case is to fit the case theory to the evidence, not to try to fit the evidence to the case theory." Mr Yovich said the DNA and

A woman who claimed to have found Jane Rimmer's watch close to where her body was discovered is also expected to take to the witness stand, as are a number of people who were in Claremont on the nights the three women disappeared.

"Although the number of witnesses referred to in the applications may appear to be large, when examined in detail the evidence encompassed by the applications is not substantial," Justice Hall said in his judgment.

"It may be inconvenient and frustrating for the defence to be receiving this material at this stage, however I am unable to accept that when taken together it prevents the defence from having a fair and reasonable opportunity to prepare for trial."

Edwards's defence team has until December 6 — after the trial has already begun — to file its own expert reports.

The ruling, just two weeks out from the start of the trial, did not touch on other evidence the prosecution has asked to present at the trial that it says connects periods of emotional turmoil in Edwards's life with his alleged crimes.

That ruling is expected at a later date.

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