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Claremont Murders: Undercover Cops Got DNA They Needed From A Sprite Bottle

On the second day of the trial of the man accused of the Claremont serial killings, the court heard how police got the DNA they needed to allege Bradley Robert Edwards was their wanted man.

By his own admission, Edwards “wasn’t the best looking guy in school.”

The glasses he wore were a “bit of a drawback” in developing relationships as a teenager.

According to the lead prosecutor in Edwards' murder trial, the quiet and private Telstra technician would go on to become a “calculated, methodical and predatory” offender, whose brazen crimes were to “satisfy his own desires.”

Bradley Robert Edwards court sketches from day two of the trial. Image: Anne Barnetson

During day two of the highly anticipated trial, details of his early years, personal life and employment were laid bare, along with some of the evidence the prosecution will use to link him to the murders of Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.

Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said Edwards, 50, is the eldest of three children and grew up in the Perth suburb of Huntingdale.

He was married twice, and these were the two significant relationships in his life.

He’d also been in a less serious relationship with a woman twenty years older than him.

During a six and a half-hour interview after his arrest, the alleged killer told police he had no friends in Claremont and would have no reason to go to the area.

When shown photos of Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, Edwards said he’d never met them before, and he had no explanation as to how his DNA was discovered under Ciara Glennon’s fingernails.

Barbagallo has revealed how police obtained his DNA, the crucial breakthrough leading to his arrest.

Detectives were closing in on Edwards at the end of 2016 after a cold case review led to new evidence.

Bradley Robert Edwards court sketches from day two. Image: Anne Barnetson

The court was told police followed Edwards and his stepdaughter to the movies on December 20, 2016.

Undercover officers retrieved a Sprite bottle that Edwards had thrown into a bin and were able to obtain his DNA.

This sample matched those taken from Ciara Glennon's fingernails.

Barbagallo also said blue fibres were found on Ciara Glennon's hair and shirt and Jane Rimmer’s hair. The same fibres come from pants or shorts of Telstra issued clothing.

In wrapping up her opening submissions, Barbagallo said Edwards lurked on the edge of the Claremont nightclub area, preying on vulnerable women who were alone, on foot and affected by alcohol.

She said the accused offered lifts to young women after dark, and that three women never made it to their destination.

Bradley Robert Edwards maintains he is not the Claremont serial killer.