Tuesday 24 October 2017

'It's very raw and bittersweet' - Father of Irish victim of serial killer on 'cold-case' arrest in Australia

Ciara Glennon
Ciara Glennon
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

An Irishman whose daughter was brutally murdered in Australia 20 years ago is reliving the family’s heartbreak following the recent arrest of a suspect.

Denis Glennon, originally from Westport, Co Mayo said it was a bittersweet moment now that a man had been charged for the murder of his daughter Ciara Glennon, almost two decades later.

“This is a very raw and bittersweet time,” Mr Glennon told Perth Now.

“We are being updated by the Western Australian Police, and hence it is best that I do not comment on the recent developments.”

Ciara Glennon (27) disappeared on March 14 1997 after a night out celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Perth suburb, Claremont.

Her body was discovered in bushland 50 kilometres north of Perth and had to be identified by her Irish parents.

Two other women also disappeared over the same period and their deaths were dubbed the “Claremont serial killings”.

It has been described as Australia’s “longest-running and most expensive police investigation”.

Bradley Robert Edwards has been charged with the murders of Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer (23), who disappeared after leaving a hotel with friends.

Rimmer was found in Perth bushland two months after she disappeared.

She had been strangled to death.

The body of a third woman, Sarah Spiers, has never been found and her disappearance is currently an open investigation.

Edwards has been remanded in custody and is due to reappear in court on January 11.

He has also been charged in relation to attacks on other women, including two counts of deprivation of liberty, two counts of aggravated sexual penetration without consent, one count of breaking and entering and one count of indecent assault.

Perth Now reported that Western Australian police are forensically testing a 21-year-old station wagon suspected to be the car the accused may have driven at the time of the murders.

Despite a two-decade long investigation, Edwards was on police radar only weeks before he was arrested.

Relatives of Ciara have previously described her as a “lovely, fun-loving girl”.

“She was full of life, loved the outdoor life and was very into sports,” her uncle Gerry Murphy said.

Ciara worked as a solicitor and two years before her brutal murder, had taken a career break to travel the world.

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