Witness recalls screams
ANOTHER witness has told of hearing three loud “horrific screams” in Mosman Park the night Sarah Spiers disappeared, but has been accused of trying to match her evidence to the prosecution case.
Robyn Peters this week told accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards’ trial that she had jumped into bed after a night out in the early hours of January 27, 1996, when she heard “three really loud horrible screams” in quick succession.
“They were very loud,” she said. “Obviously I was inside, the windows are often ajar at my house, but they were loud enough for me to jump out of bed.”
Ms Spiers, who lived in South Perth at the time, disappeared after requesting a taxi from a Claremont phone box at 2.06am on January 27, 1996, after a night out at Club Bayview, asking to be taken to Mosman Park.
The State alleges the screams were Ms Spiers’.
Ms Peters said after hearing the screams between 2.30am and 3am, she went outside to the balcony but could not see anything.
“Then I went inside to wake my husband, who was really intoxicated, moaning and groaning, saying it will be all right, so I went back outside and there was no more screaming,” she said.
Ms Peters, who lived in Palmerston Street, said she sensed the screams were coming from the direction of a park across the road. said Iona Presentation College was also nearby and she had heard girls screaming from that direction before.
But they were “more girls having fun screaming… not horrific like these screams”, she said.
Ms Peters reported the screams with Crime Stoppers on February 4, 1996, saying she heard them about 3am on the Saturday.
In another statement taken in September this year, Ms Peters said that if she reported to Crime Stoppers that she heard the screams on Saturday at 3am, she would mean it was Saturday night going into Sunday morning, not Friday night going into Saturday morning, which was when Ms Spiers vanished. The court was also told that in 2018 she told police she heard the screams after a house warming party, which she said she always thought was on the Friday, but had since found out was the Saturday after speaking with friends.
Under questioning by Mr Edwards’ lawyer Paul Yovich, the woman agreed she knew why she was giving evidence, that she knew when Ms Spiers went missing and that she was a prosecution witness. Ms Peters said when she spoke with police there was some confusion about the night of the party, as it was such a long time ago.
Earlier, a friend of Ms Spiers, Chelsea Palmer, told the court about her last conversation with her friend at Club Bay View, who also boarded at Iona with her.
“I had a conversation with her in the toilet, just to say hi, because I hadn’t seen her in some time,” she said.
“She was coherent, she was happy. It was a nice conversation… talking about her working.”
Ms Spiers said goodbye to her 30 to 60 minutes before she left the club, Ms Palmer said. Prosecutors say by chance Ms Palmer and two of her male friends got into the taxi that had responded to Ms Spiers’ call, but continued to Club Bayview when the driver could not see her.
Mr Edwards, of Kewdale, denies murdering Ms Spiers. He has also pleaded not guilty to murdering Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.