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Claremont serial killings: My ‘caring’ uncle Bradley Edwards is not a serial killer says nephew

Gabrielle KnowlesThe West Australian
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The nephew of accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards says he believes the 50-year-old is innocent and describes him as a “caring and simple man” and not “evil”.

In a detailed social media post more than two years after the arrest of the former Telstra technician, Adam Edwards spoke out to defend him and asked the public to withhold judgment.

“He’s not a serial killer, he is a caring and simple man who doesn’t ask for anything in return, always has been and always will be,” he claimed in a post published on Facebook on Monday night.

“Everyone is very quick to judge but you don’t know him like I do, you didn’t grow up with him like I did and if he is denying all the allegations then I believe him.”

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Mr Edwards is fighting accusations he attacked an 18-year-old in her Huntingdale home in 1988, raped a 17-year-old girl in Karrakatta Cemetery in 1995 and murdered Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, who were abducted from Claremont between January 1996 and March 1997.

He was arrested in December 2016 after police allegedly identified him from forensic evidence.

Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo told the Supreme Court during a pre-trial directions hearing last month that during a six-hour interview with police after his arrest, Mr Edwards denied all allegations but could offer no explanation why traces of his DNA had been found on two of his alleged victims and a kimono left behind during the Huntingdale attack, or why his fingerprints were found on the door of another Huntingdale home after an attempted break-in.

The post by Adam Edwards came just days after the accused killer’s brother contacted The West Australian to say the Edwards family were united in their belief that Mr Edwards was innocent of the horrific crimes.

Adam Edwards claimed people were just “being shown the parts to make him the villain”.

“When real justice happens and he’s cleared of the charges, everyone who’s rained down on him I think should apologise,” he said.

Adam Edwards, who is living in Sydney, said it had taken him two years to decide to speak out but he felt it was necessary.

“I’ve got nothing to hide nor do I have anything to lose anymore and neither does my uncle,” he said.

Adam Edwards sent a private message between him and his uncle to help verify his identity.

Several of his friends reacted to the post, some messaging their support while others highlighted prosecution claims that DNA evidence had been found to link him to the crimes.

One friend wrote: “Sorry to hear you are going through this man. I can’t side with you on this issue ... it isn’t personal and I still respect you highly. I hope whatever happens you can find some closure.”

Adam responded that it did not hurt their friendship and he just wanted to express his “view and opinion”.

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