Claremont-Accused Injured In Prison Shower Block: Reports
The accused Claremont serial killer has been taken to hospital from prison with an ear injury and may not be able to attend a pre-trial hearing in Perth.
Bradley Robert Edwards, 50, is due to stand trial before a judge sitting without a jury for an estimated nine months starting on July 22 over the murders of Ciara Glennon, 27, Jane Rimmer, 23, and 18-year-old Sarah Spiers.
But during a directions hearing, aimed at examining the admissibility of some evidence for the trial, the West Australian Supreme Court heard Edwards had "health issues".
Justice Stephen Hall ordered the matter be stood down while more information was sought about whether Edwards would be able to face court on Monday.
A St John Ambulance spokesman said Edwards had been taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital with an ear injury.
The injury suffered at Hakea Prison is not believed to have been self-inflicted.
An investigation is under way to determine what happened.
Armed guards at the hospital accompanied ambulance officers as they took a handcuffed Edwards out on a stretcher.
Edwards had a bandage on his right ear but otherwise appeared calm.
At a hearing last week, prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo referred to evidence including a six-hour police interview, a prison call, a violent horror movie called Forced Entry which she described as "very graphic", and "extreme" pornography.
The court heard other categories of evidence included "the Huntingdale prowler", women's clothing, Hollywood Hospital and a Telstra witness but no further details were provided.
Ms Spiers was the first Claremont victim to vanish in January 1996, and Ms Glennon was the third in March 1997.
Sarah Spiers, Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer
The bodies of Ms Rimmer, a childcare worker, and Ms Glennon, a lawyer, were discovered in bushland weeks after they were killed, but the body of Ms Spiers, a secretary, has never been found.
Edwards, a former Telstra worker and Little Athletics coach, is also accused of attacking an 18-year-old woman in her Huntingdale home in 1988 and raping a 17-year-old girl in Karrakatta in 1995.