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Witness who heard ‘horrific screams’ grilled at Claremont trial

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Bradley Edwards is accused of killing (from top) Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon. Photo: ABC
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A woman who says she heard “very horrific” screams on the night Sarah Spiers disappeared has been grilled over her memory by the lawyer for accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards.

The 50-year-old former Telstra technician is on trial in the Western Australia Supreme Court accused of murdering Ms Spiers, 18, Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, in 1996 and 1997.

Robyn Peters, 55, testified on Tuesday that on the night Ms Spiers vanished, she was awoken in her Mosman Park home by three long “really loud, horrible” female screams about 2.30am.

“They were loud enough for me to jump out of bed,” Ms Peters said.

She investigated from her balcony but didn’t see anything.

“It was completely silent, no cars,” she said.

Defence counsel Paul Yovich tried to cast doubt on which night Ms Peters heard the screams.

She told police in a 2018 statement they came after she attended a housewarming party but friends had since corrected her that it was the following night.

Mr Yovich pointed out Ms Peters suffered some memory loss after being injured in a balcony collapse in 2000.

“You want to match the experience you had with the disappearance of Sarah Spiers, don’t you?” he asked.

Ms Peters disagreed, saying she had mixed up where she had been that night because it had been such a long time.

She insisted her call to Crime Stoppers eight days after Ms Spiers vanished correctly stated she heard the screams about 3am on January 27, 1996.

Several witnesses have already testified hearing “blood-curdling” screams in the area around that time.

Family friend and schoolmate Chelsea Palmer, 41, testified on Tuesday about the last time she saw Ms Spiers at Club Bayview.

“She was coherent, she was happy … it was a nice conversation from what I remember, talking about her working,” Ms Palmer said.

“(Later) as she left, I said goodbye to her.”

Ms Palmer and her friends left up to one hour later and immediately got a taxi from a rank outside.

They drove past a phone box from where Ms Spiers had called for a taxi moments before she was abducted.

“I did not see anyone at all on the street,” Ms Palmer said.

The driver who picked up the group, Jaroslav Krupnik, was meant to collect Ms Spiers, who wanted to go to Mosman Park, but immediately looked for another fare when he could not find her.

Mr Krupnik had a strong Czech accent when he testified last week but Ms Palmer said he had no accent.

-AAP