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Man charged over killing of Irish woman in Australian serial killer case

He is charged with the murders of two women – a third woman was also killed but the investigation is still open.

Updated 11.15am

A MAN HAS been charged in an infamous Australian serial killer case after one of the country’s longest and most complex police investigations spanning 20 years.

One of his alleged victims was Ciara Glennon, who moved to Australia with her Irish family when she was five years old. She disappeared at the age of 27.

The deaths of Glennon and two other women who disappeared from the upmarket Perth suburb of Claremont after a night out between 1996 and 1997 shocked the country and struck fear into the city.

Police struggled to pin the blame on anyone and followed thousands of leads before arresting Bradley Edwards, 48, at a home in a Perth suburb yesterday.

He was charged with the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, whose bodies were found dumped in bushland. But an investigation into the killing of Sarah Spiers remains ongoing. Her body has never been found.

Edwards, who police allege acted alone, was also accused of attacking two other women. Western Australia Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said authorities never gave up.

In an interview with the Irish Times in 1999, Ciara Glennon’s father Denis said that “justice must prevail”, adding that finding the perpetrator would “be like closing a chapter but it also means the whole horror of what happened to Ciara will be revealed and I am not looking forward to that for any of our sakes”.

“This has already been the biggest and most complex police investigation in WA history,” said Commissioner O’Callaghan. “Hundreds of police officers have worked on this case over the past 20 years.

Operation Macro has been a massive body of work involving thousands and thousands of investigative actions.

Local media reports said Edwards showed no emotion when he appeared in court. He was remanded in custody to reappear on January 11.

Comments are closed as a man has been charged.

- © AFP, 2016 - Additional reporting Aoife Barry

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