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Claremont killer Bradley Edwards sentenced to life

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The long wait for justice for the families of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon is over.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Hall has declined to impose a “never to be released” order on Claremont killer Bradley Robert Edwards, but has conceded he will die in prison after sentencing him to life with a non-parole period of 40 years.

Hall sentenced Edwards to life in prison with a minimum of 40 years for the murder of Jane Rimmer in 1996 and 40 years for the murder of Ciara Glennon in 1997.

The sentence was met with an applause from the packed public gallery.

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Edwards was sentenced to a total of 33 years over his break-in and attack on an 18-year-old woman in Huntingdale and the abduction and rape of a 17-year-old at Karrakatta Cemetery. All of the sentences will run concurrently.

Edwards, 52, will be 92 years old when he first become eligible for parole.

Camera IconCiara Glennon, Jane Rimmer and Sarah Spiers.

Edwards was convicted in September of abducting and killing Ms Rimmer, 23, and Ms Glennon, 27, in 1996 and 1997.

But was found not guilty of the 1996 murder of 18-year-old secretary Sarah Spiers.

All three women disappeared after a night out with friends in affluent Claremont. The bodies of childcare worker Ms Rimmer and solicitor Ms Glennon were discovered in bushland weeks after they were killed but Ms Spiers’ body has never been found.

In sentencing, Justice Stephen Hall said the crimes committed by Edwards showed he was a “dangerous predator who sought out vulnerable young women for his own gratification”.

“Your actions were premeditated and executed with pitiless determination and remorselessness for the pain caused,” Justice Hall said.

After today, Edwards will be on the clock to lodge any appeal against the murder convictions, the sentence, or both.

It is understood his family has consulted several senior barristers across Perth about appeal prospects.

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