Sunday 25 August 2019

Man charged with the cold case murder of young Irishwoman in Australia nearly 20 years ago

Ciara Glennon was celebrating St Patrick's Day

Ciara Glennon
Ciara Glennon
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A man has reportedly been charged with the murders of three women who were killed after disappearing from an Australian suburb almost 20 years ago.

One of the women was Irish.

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 parents, Denis Glennon, from Westport, Co Mayo, and Una Glennon, from Co Monaghan.

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”.

ABC News is reporting that a 48-year-old man appeared in Perth court on Friday charged with the murders.

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

Jane Rimmer (23) disappeared after leaving a hotel with friends.

Her body was found in Perth bushland two months after she disappeared.

She had been strangled to death.

The third woman, Sarah Spiers, remains missing.

Her body has never been found.

Edwards 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.

It is understood he has not been investigated as part of the Claremont serial killings before and is believed to have been living with his daughter for the last number of years.

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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