In a stunning breakthrough, Western Australian Police have charged a man in connection with the historic Claremont serial-killer murders in Perth in the mid-1990s.
Mr Edwards appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday and also faces charges of abducting a 17-year-old girl in February 1995 as she walked through Rowe Park in Claremont, and indecently assaulting an 18-year-old woman during a break-in at a Huntingdale home in February 1988.
He was remanded in custody to appear in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on January 11.
Commissioner O’Callaghan said the
Neighbours told the ABC officers from the Tactical Response Group went to the Kewdale house around 7am and a man aged in his 50s was taken into custody.
They said they heard yelling coming from the property around the same time.
Later a younger woman, believed to be the man’s daughter aged in her 20s, was also taken away by police, neighbours said.
A police media spokesman confirmed officers were at the property “in relation to an ongoing investigation”, but declined to comment further.
It is understood the arrested man had not been previously linked to the case.
The deaths of three women over 14 months between 1996 and 1997 were dubbed the Claremont serial killings and sparked Australia’s longest-running and most expensive police investigation.
Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon disappeared from the upmarket Perth suburb between January 1996 and March 1997.
Ms Rimmer’s body was found in August 1996 in bushland at Wellard south of Perth, while Ms Glennon’s remains were found in April 1997.
Ms Spiers’ body has never been found.
The suspect’s neighbour Jim Sheffield said he heard a “commotion” from the man’s Kewdale house this morning.
“I was out the back … doing some gardening, that was about half past 6 and I heard a real loud yell and it sounded like a scream,” Mr Sheffield said.
“I didn’t think all that much about it. Came out about an hour later, there was a lot of police cars across the road and they were dressed in you know like heavy armour and that.
“Obviously I just thought ‘well something’s going on’ because you don’t normally see those sort of police officers around.”
Police, including forensic officers, spent the day at the property and were seen removing a number of large plastic bags.