Veteran reporter Alison Fan has come out of retirement to cover the Claremont trial next week and, on Friday, she spoke exclusively with Botica’s Bunch.
Accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards, who was arrested in December 2016, will face an estimated six-month, judge-only trial starting on Monday.
He is charged with murdering secretary Sarah Spiers, 18, childcare worker Jane Rimmer, 23, and lawyer Ciara Glennon, 27, after they spent a night out in the affluent suburb’s pubs in 1996 and 1997.
“[I want to] try and finish this story that began 23 years ago,” Fan told Botica’s Bunch before commenting on how intense and “dry” the trial will be.
“There will be no antics in this trial like there could be with a jury trial where both lawyers are playing it down for the jury in mum-and-dad language and putting a bit of emotion and drama into it,” she said.
“This will be a very dry, methodical, procedural trial.”
At one stage, the trial was listed for at least 9 months, 600 prosecution witnesses and more than a million pages of evidence.
“And 60,000 pages of those are DNA reports,” Fan said. “So, it’s a massive undertaking.”
Fan described how the Claremont story, as a reporter, stood apart from other murder cases.
“This one affected an entire community,” she said.
“You might remember at one stage, every taxi driver was under suspicion, anyone who drove a white van was stopped… the Claremont mayor being investigated, public servants…”
Fred mentioned how it also impacted local business, to which Fan agreed.
“It caused you pause to even get in a taxi,” Fan added.
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