Wit­ness re­calls screams

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Sarah Spiers.

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