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Australia Claremont serial killings trial of Bradley Edwards told about Telstra van prowling Stirling Highway

07:20  05 december  2019
07:20  05 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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The Claremont serial killings is the name given by the media to a case involving the disappearance of an Australian woman, aged 18, and the killings of two others, aged 23 and 27, in 1996-1997.

The Claremont serial killings trial has heard from women who mistook a Telstra vehicle for a taxi around the time of the three murders. Ex- Telstra employee Bradley Robert Edwards , 50, is on trial in the Western Australia Supreme Court, accused of murdering Sarah Spiers, 18, Jane Rimmer, 23

a car parked in a parking lot: A Telecom van similar to the one issued to Bradley Edwards in the 1990s. (Supplied: Supreme Court of WA)© Provided by ABC NEWS A Telecom van similar to the one issued to Bradley Edwards in the 1990s. (Supplied: Supreme Court of WA) A witness in the Claremont serial killings trial has testified she was accosted by a man who said he worked for Telstra, after accepting a lift from him in his white work van a month before Sarah Spiers vanished.

Katrina Jones was giving evidence at the WA Supreme Court trial of Bradley Edwards, 50, who has pleaded not guilty to the wilful murders of Ms Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon between January 1996 and March 1997.

Ms Jones told the court she had been at a wedding reception with her boyfriend at the Albion Hotel in Cottesloe, a suburb adjacent to Claremont, in December 1995.

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The couple had a row after he hooked up with his younger brother's girlfriend and she broke up with him, walking off along Stirling Highway in search of a taxi to take her back to her car, which was parked at his parents' house in Innaloo.

A white van then slowed down and stopped, and the lone male driver offered her a lift.

"He looked across at me and he said are you all right … can I give you a lift?" she said.

She "had to lift myself up" to get into the passenger set of the van and began chatting to the driver, asking what he was doing out so late at night.

"He said, 'I was heading to Cottesloe picking up damsels in distress like yourself'," she said.

"He was ever so polite, he really was very friendly."

Offer of a ride takes a sinister turn

When they arrived at Innaloo, Ms Jones said the driver followed her out of the van.

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A woman has told the Claremont serial killings trial she saw a Telstra car circling the area five times in about two hours one night and she even tried to hail the vehicle, mistakenly believing it was a taxi. Ex- Telstra technician Bradley Robert Edwards , 50, denies murdering Sarah Spiers, 18, Jane

The Claremont serial killings trial has heard from women who mistook a Telstra vehicle for a taxi around the time of the three murders. Ex- Telstra employee Bradley Robert Edwards , 50, is on trial in the Western Australia Supreme Court, accused of murdering Sarah Spiers, 18, Jane Rimmer, 23, and

"He grabbed my arm … and tried to kiss me," she said.

But she told him she was a "blue belt in tae kwon do".

"I just said, 'no, don't even go there or I will drop you'," she said.

She said the man then put his arms up and said "it's OK, it's OK".

"I thought, 'well you're some sort of piece of work'," she said.

The man then drove off.

She said he was aged about 25-27 with short brown hair, but under cross-examination from defence counsel Paul Yovich SC, Ms Jones admitted she had originally told police he was about 21 with fair hair.

She also admitted that she had not mentioned him working for Telecom or Telstra in her original statement to police, merely that he worked in telecommunications.

Spiers 'happy and chatty' before vanishing

Earlier, the court heard from the mother of a friend of Sarah Spiers who spent time with her on the day she went missing and said the teenager was "happy" and chatty".

Christine Hans told the court Ms Spiers was a friend of her daughter, Annabelle, and they had been boarders at Iona Presentation College together.

"I knew Sarah Spiers well," she told the court via video link from Melbourne.

She said she and Ms Spiers had lunch together on Australia Day 1996, after the teenager dropped around to their family home in Mosman Park.

Annabelle was not at home and Ms Spiers spent about three hours there, chatting to Ms Hans, she said.

"She was happy, chatty, normal Sarah," Ms Hans said.

The trial, before Justice Stephen Hall, is continuing

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