Ac­cused’s court date

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

A KEWDALE man (48) al­leged to be the Clare­mont se­rial killer of 1996-1997 will next ap­pear at Supreme Court Gar­dens Mag­is­trates Court to face two charges of wil­ful mur­der and two of sex­ual as­sault on Jan­uary 25.

Last week, po­lice seized and ex­am­ined a VS-se­ries Holden Com­modore that the for­mer Tel­stra worker al­legedly used be­fore the bod­ies of Ciara Glen­non (27) and Jane Rim­mer (23) were found af­ter they dis­ap­peared from Clare­mont, while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the 1996 dis­ap­pear­ance of Sarah Spiers (18) con­tin­ues.

The Com­modore was a Tel­stra fleet car in the mid-1990s be­fore the ve­hi­cle en­tered the pri­vate mar­ket.

The man had been a Tel­stra worker for al­most 30 years. He has also been charged with the rape of a 17-year-old Clare­mont girl at Kar­rakatta Ceme­tery in 1995 and the sex­ual as­sault of an 18-year-old Hunt­ing­dale woman in her home in 1988.

A stolen ki­mono dropped at the 1988 crime scene and re­cently re­ex­am­ined us­ing mod­ern DNA tests al­legedly had DNA from Ms Glen­non and the Kar­rakatta rape vic­tim, and up­hol­stery fi­bres from the same model of car al­legedly match those found on Ms Rim­mer’s body.

There have been subsequent calls to again look at the dis­ap­pear­ance in 1988 of Fre­man­tle woman Julie Cut­ler (22), whose car was dumped off Cottes­loe Groyne, and death of Vic­to­ria Park woman Kerry Turner (18), whose body was found dumped near Can­ning Dam in 1991.

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