Nineteen months after his arrest, Bradley Robert Edwards, 49, appeared via video link in Stirling Gardens Court where he formally pleaded not guilty to nine charges.
Wearing prison greens and located at Hakea Prison, Edwards showed no emotion as he replied not guilty to each of the charges read out in court, ABC News reported. Edwards has been accused of the abduction and murders of Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon. All three women disappeared between January 1996 and March 1997in the suburb of Claremont, in western Perth. The bodies of Jane and Ciara were later found in bushland, whilst Sarah’s body has yet to be found.
Other charges related to the 1995 assault of a seventeen year old girl in Karrakatta Cemetery and another woman who was raped in her Huntingdale home in 1988. The fathers of Sarah Spiers and Ciara Glennon attended court as did the 1995 assault victim according to 9News
Edwards was arrested at his Kewdale home in December 2016 following a breakthrough in DNA evidence that suggested a link between the alleged killer and one of his victims. He will appear in court again in September, where more of the millions of pages of evidence will be submitted. The prosecution requested a May 2019 trial, however Magistrate Jane Whitbread refused to set a date, stating that Supreme Court approval was needed. The trial expected to be the biggest in WA history.