Claremont serial killings trial podcast: ‘Injuries Too Similar to Ignore’

Kate RyanThe West Australian
Email Kate Ryan
VideoPathologist Dr Clive Cooke told the court during his fourth day on the stand that Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon suffered similar injuries on their necks and arms, and that they both likely died as a result of having their necks cut with a knife.

Forensic pathologist Dr Clive Cooke told the court during his fourth day on the stand that Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon suffered similar injuries on their necks and hands, and that they both likely died as a result of having their necks cut with a knife.

That information isn’t new to the trial, but as Tim Clarke explains in this episode, it’s significant because it’s the first time an expert witness has been asked about - and explained - injuries inflicted on both women as a collective.

Criminal defence lawyer Damien Cripps joins the Claremont in Conversation team to discuss why this is significant, as well as throw some questions about the other piece of evidence that Dr Cooke also provided today - that there’s no evidence to suggest that Ciara Glennon was sexually assaulted before her murder.

As Damien and Tim explain, if the prosecution are going to present the similarities in the murder cases, the defence would likely highlight the differences in the murders with the other cases the accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Edwards has admitted to.

Namely, that Bradley Edwards has admitted to two sexual attacks - the Huntingdale attack and the Karrakatta rape - and witnesses over the last two days have told the court there’s no evidence to suggest Jane or Ciara were sexually assaulted before their murders.

Join Natalie Bonjolo, Damien Cripps and Tim Clarke as they take you through day 34 of the Claremont Serial Killings trial.

If you have a question for the podcast, email us at claremontpodcast@wanews.com.au

For more information on WA's trial of the century, head to TheWest.com.au

Subscribe now: Apple Podcasts | RSS | Spotify

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails