Haunted by Jane’s mur­der

LIFE ANY­THING BUT NOR­MAL: SIS­TER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Belinda Cipri­ano

d464361 AL­MOST 21 years on, Lee Rim­mer is still haunted ev­ery sin­gle day by the mur­der of her “baby sis­ter” Jane.

Ms Rim­mer, who has been liv­ing in WA’s South-West, said life had been any­thing but nor­mal for her fam­ily since her sis­ter was found dead in Wel­lard in Au­gust 1996.

Her body was dis­cov­ered 55 days af­ter she was re­ported miss­ing af­ter vis­it­ing The Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel in Clare­mont in June.

Hav­ing grown up in what she de­scribed as a “nor­mal house­hold” in Shen­ton Park, Ms Rim­mer said the death of her sis­ter was “dev­as­tat­ing” and had taken its toll on her fam­ily.

She now splits her time be­tween the coun­try and the north-eastern sub­urbs of Perth to see friends and visit her mum Jenny.

“It’s 21 years this year, and it has im­pacted us a lot,” she said.

“I sup­pose we’ve all dealt with it in our own ways and when it hap­pened we were all quite a close-knit fam­ily.

“Over the years, we’ve moved to dif­fer­ent places and in some ways gone our sep­a­rate ways.

“It im­pacts your life ev­ery sin­gle day and it’s al­ways there.”

At the time of her sis­ter’s dis­ap­pear­ance, Ms Rim­mer was 29 and work­ing in a women’s refuge in Mt Law­ley.

“At the time, it was sur­real and to be hon­est the first few weeks were a com­plete blur,” she said.

“We used to have our tra­di­tional Sun­day roast ev­ery week and when she didn’t turn up we just as­sumed she had stayed at her friend’s house.

“When she didn’t turn up at work the next day we thought ‘well hang on, that’s not right’.

“The po­lice came around and ob­vi­ously it went from there. “It’s just un­be­liev­able.” The ex­pe­ri­ence mo­ti­vated her to walk in the Re­claim the Night march in 1997 to raise aware­ness about safety on the streets.

“Noth­ing about ‘that’ night was not nor­mal,” she said. “It was all nor­mal. “You felt like the sub­urb was safe, you felt pro­tected.”

Four years af­ter Jane’s death, Ms Rim­mer moved away from Perth and is liv­ing a quiet life with a daugh­ter of her own.

“I moved away on pur­pose at first,” she said.

“My daugh­ter has never lived in the city and she’s never had to deal with tech­nol­ogy.

“We don’t talk about it (Jane’s death) at all in front of the chil­dren.”

A 48-year-old Kew­dale man will ap­pear in court again to­mor­row charged with the mur­ders of Jane Rim­mer and Ciara Glen­non.

Jan­uary 27 marks the 21st an­niver­sary of the dis­ap­pear­ance of Sarah Spiers.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Lee Rim­mer: We don’t talk about it in front of the chil­dren.

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