Claremont Serial Killer Trail: Woman Had 'Strong Instinct To Get Out Of The Car'
A hitchhiker has told the Claremont serial killings trial she pulled her friend out of a Telstra vehicle at a red light after her 'strong instincts' told her they were not 'in a good spot'.
Ex-Telstra employee Bradley Robert Edwards, 50, is on trial in the Western Australia Supreme Court, accused of murdering Sarah Spiers, 18, Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, in 1996 and 1997.
Annabelle Bushell, 45, testified on Wednesday she downed up to 20 full-strength middies at the Ocean Beach Hotel with her friend Trilby Smith, 42, in late 1996 when she saw a white station wagon with a Telstra logo drive past.
The vehicle came by again and she remembered getting into the front passenger seat, while Smith sat in the back.
Bushell could not recall speaking with the driver but said she made an excuse to get out and seized her chance at a red traffic light.
"My recollection at that point is looking up and seeing a red traffic light and just wanting to get out," she said.
"I just had a strong instinct to get out of the car and I wasn't in a good spot."
Bushell said Smith was probably half asleep and she recalled "reaching in and grabbing her to alert her that we're moving".
Smith testified on Tuesday that Bushell commented "that man was..." but the witness was prevented from finishing her sentence.
Bushell only said she cannot remember what happened next and assumed they walked home.
While both women described a tanned man with dark hair, Smith said he drove an "electrical van" because it had cables in the back and no obvious signage.
Bushell agreed with defence counsel Paul Yovich that she was drunk and had minimal recollection of the man.
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The trial also heard from retired taxi driver who was called to pick up Spiers in the early hours of January 27, 1996, but she was not there when he arrived about two minutes later.
There was still nobody at the spot she specified a few moments later when he went past again, having picked up a different fare.
One of the last people to see Spiers alive also testified.
The court also heard from Telstra payroll executive Tony Vomero, who confirmed there was no record of Edwards' assault on a Hollywood Hospital social worker in 1990 in the company's archives.