But he was found not guilty of the 1996 murder of 18-year-old Sarah Spiers, who also disappeared from the suburb of Claremont in similar circumstances, but whose body has never been found.
In his judgement, Justice Stephen Hall acknowledged the similarities between the three murders, but said there was not enough evidence for a third conviction.
“The propensity evidence makes it more likely that the accused was the killer of Sarah Spiers, but it cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt, in the absence of any other evidence, as to the identity of her killer,” Justice Hall ruled.
The prosecution had 21 days to appeal against that decision, but today confirmed it will not do so, marking the end of the line for the Spiers family who had hoped the long-running trial would deliver them justice.
Without an appeal, their only hope of a conviction over Ms Spiers’ murder is the discovery of new evidence that would prompt a fresh trial.
Retrial possible only if new evidence found
Senior criminal barrister Linda Black said if any new evidence pointed to Edwards as the killer, he could be retried after changes to WA’s “double jeopardy” laws in 2012.
“Double jeopardy is the common law notion that you can’t be tried twice for the same offence,” Ms Black said.
“That’s actually changed, so in very serious cases such as murder, where the evidence wasn’t available at the time and where it’s compelling, someone like the Attorney General John Quigley, or the Director of Public Prosecutions can go to the Court of Appeal and seek permission to try him again.
“So that is always a possibility.”
However, she said any new evidence would have to be particularly strong.
“I would have thought in this case the discovery of Sarah’s body, if there was then forensic findings that enabled to fill in the gap that his honour Justice Hall was not able to fill, that would meet the standard potentially,” Ms Black said.
Search for Sarah’s body goes on
When the verdicts were handed down, police commissioner Chris Dawson said police would never give up trying to locate Ms Spiers’ body.
“We will continue to investigate the murder of Sarah Spiers,” Commissioner Dawson said.
Married At First Sight star Susie Bradley has confirmed she is engaged to NRL star Todd Carney.
Bradley shared the exciting news with her Instagram followers on Tuesday with behind-the-scenes video of the former rugby league bad boy being interviewed for TV.
After her ill-fated marriage with barista Billy Vincent on the hit Channel 9 show, Bradley was spotted out in public with Carney as early as March, 2019.
The on-again-off-again couple recently got back together at the end of 2019 and it appears the pair can’t live without each other.
Bradley confirmed the swirling engagement rumours that have followed them in recent weeks when she referred to Carney as her “fiance” in an Instagram clip posted Tuesday.
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The 27-year-old captioned the video: “When your sexy fiance is filming for Channel Seven”.
Carney was speaking after he helped launch SocialBase – an app that aims to stop damaging social media posts before they happen.
Carney, who now lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast where he works as a concreter, says he’s found peace in his life and wants athletes across the country to learn from his mistakes.
SocialBase was developed by his lifelong best mate Mitchell Micallef, and Carney has been in from the ground floor.
They are hoping to soon launch what they’re describing as the “Todd Carney feature”, which would require a club’s social media manager to approve any post before it’s posted to social media.
Carney shot into the NRL spotlight as a 17-year-old; however, his career was derailed by a series of off-field incidents that saw him sacked from Canberra and released by the Sydney Roosters before the infamous bubbler incident at Cronulla saw him ultimately exiled from the NRL.
The bubbler photo, which was taken inside the male toilets at the Northies club at Cronulla, was not put to social media by Carney, but he says players shouldn’t let dumb posts cost them their livelihoods.
“Players might not mean to do it, sometimes you could be on the devil’s drink at two in the morning and post something, but at least now you know someone’s there to look over your post,” Carney said.
“We’re all adults here but you can do some silly things, so hopefully we can limit that.”
Key point: The Bradley vehicle served decently despite a very controversial development history. Could it soon be getting a firepower upgrade?
Jane’s Information Group, an open source intelligence company, reported that Northrop Grumman delivered several prototype guns to the U.S. Army for their Bradley replacement vehicle—and what they delivered looks like a beast.
Previous photos released by Northrop Grumman show the XM913 50mm cannon outdoors, silhouetted against the sky. The massive 50mm main gun is said to have two types of ammunition, a fin-stabilized armor piercing sabot round, as well as a high explosive tracer round. To offset some of the no doubt massive recoil the massive gun would generate, the XM913’s barrel features a prominent four-baffle muzzle brake—though a quick google search shows that the main gun still has lots of recoil.
While the current Bradley vehicle’s 25mm cannon can hit targets at ranges of up to two kilometers, or about 1.2 miles, Northrop Grumman maintains that their XM913 has double the range of a 25mm gun—and can hit targets up to four kilometers away.
A Northrop Grumman spokesman told Jane’s that the 50mm cannon “combines Bushmaster chain gun reliability with [a] next-generation effective range that will provide the warfighter with increased stand-off against near peer adversaries,” though what platform the massive main gun will be mated to remained slightly ambiguous.
Jane’s reported that the 50mm cannon is being developed to support the Army’s Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) program, one of several projects that the Army says are intended to replace the Bradley family of vehicles. But the main gun could also be used to increase other platform’s lethality as well.
The Army is in the middle of a modernization push and is introducing several new armored platforms into service. One of these, the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle manufactured by BAE systems, recently entered serial production.
Though it does offer increased protection when compared to the M113 and Bradley vehicles, it appears to be rather modestly armed with a single .50 caliber heavy machine gun. It remains unclear if the XM913 would be able to be mated to the AMPV platform, though the Army would likely want a firepower upgrade for the platform.
Northrop Grumman estimates that by the end of 2021, the Army will have ordered a total of seventeen XM913 cannons for testing and evaluation. Still, the Army has not yet decided what caliber the NGCV program will choose. So for now, all we can do is wait and see what happens. Watch this topic for new details about both the NGCV program—and the XM913—in the future.
Caleb Larson is a defense writer with The National Interest. He holds a Master of Public Policy and covers U.S. and Russian security, European defense issues, and German politics and culture. This first appeared earlier this year and is being reposted due to reader interest.
Another week, another Richmond controversy. But the Tigers’ new-found status seems to be helping them.
Plus the reason behind a finals trade flop and the potential for a historic draft haul.
Catch up on the big storylines out of semi-final weekend in Foxfooty.com.au’s Talking Points.
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‘Get out of there Ray!’
TIGERS ARE THE AFL’S VILLAINS, AND THAT’S A GOOD THING
Just three years ago, the story was simple.
It wasn’t as if Adelaide was some superpowered villain, yet most neutral observers came out of the 2017 Grand Final happy for Richmond’s win.
Though it wasn’t a glorious underdog story to the extent of the 2016 Bulldogs, it was still a club finally reaching the pinnacle after decades of pain and starvation from success. You could feel happy for the Tiger Army, finally getting to celebrate a flag after 37 years without one.
But as everyone who’s lived through 2020 knows, a year is a long time. So three years is an eternity.
In those three years, the Tigers have won and won and won some more. With two more victories they’ll become a dynasty – just the ninth team in VFL/AFL history to win three premierships in four years.
And the price of becoming a dynasty is becoming hated.
We see it across the sporting world. The New York Yankees of the late ‘90s became a behemoth. The New England Patriots, led by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, went from a laughing stock to making nine Super Bowls in 19 years.
In perhaps the most recent and apt comparison, the Golden State Warriors went from years of failure, to beloved, to a team almost everyone was happy to see not make the Finals for once.
So it’s natural for most footy fans to be rooting for teams other than Richmond over the next fortnight. A Brisbane flag would be well received. A Port Adelaide flag too. Even most would agree a Geelong flag would give Gary Ablett a fitting ending – though the Cats’ omnipresence at the top of the ladder means they’d still prefer someone else.
But the truly great dynasties have something extra.
With the Yankees, it was spending millions more than anyone else. With the Patriots, it was the infamous ‘Spygate’ cheating scandal (to name just one). With the Warriors, it was adding Kevin Durant to an already star-studded group.
With the Tigers, it’s what they call “playing on the edge”. It’s what others would call “over-aggression” and becoming “really unlikeable”.
The somewhat unfortunate poster boy for Richmond’s aggression is Tom Lynch, who – as we’re reminded every time he does something wrong – is a lovely guy, and relatively quiet off the field.
Lynch fined for knee incident
But his knee drop to the neck of Dougal Howard during the semi-final win over St Kilda was his fifth Match Review incident this season.
In fact, it’s worse than that – the misconduct charge was his fifth incident in eight games, following misconduct against Brisbane’s Alex Witherden (Round 10), two striking fines against Gold Coast players (Round 12) and a Tribunal hearing for striking Michael Hurley (Round 13), of which he was cleared.
None of these incidents in a vacuum was worthy of a suspension. As a whole, they suggest a pattern of behaviour that is out of place in today’s game.
“They’re becoming very unlikeable, I’ll say that about Richmond,” Kane Cornes said on SEN’s Crunch Time.
“They wouldn’t care about that because all they care about is winning and they have the respect clearly but this year they’ve become a really unlikeable team.
“I thought what Trent Cotchin did to Zak Jones, that really dangerous, high sling tackle had more of a chance to cause injury than Tom Lynch’s knee on Dougal (Howard).
“They’ve been a really unlikeable team this year, they’ve been hard to watch at times.”
The Cotchin incident mentioned by Cornes was particularly odd. It was rough, and after the whistle, yet it didn’t warrant a free kick – primarily because it came seconds after the Tigers gave away a different free kick. It also wasn’t assessed by Match Review Officer Michael Christian.
So was it a serious, dangerous incident? Or not worth noting by any of the AFL authorities? We don’t have the answer. And perhaps the fact a Richmond player did it made it draw more attention than it otherwise would have.
That’s where the Tigers are now at. Because they’re successful, and because they’re playing on the edge, they’re inching towards pantomime villain status. They just need to twirl their moustaches a bit more.
And in a way, isn’t that a good thing? Any good story needs a bad guy, so it’s better for the viewers, and if the team is smart, it’s good for them too.
Richmond has very clearly embraced their status and taken an us-against-the-world mentality. It’s an added piece of motivation – which can sometimes be a question when you’ve been so good for so long.
Think of it this way, Tigers fans: wouldn’t this flag be extra sweet, because of the way everyone is acting towards your club?
Tigers put Saints to sword
NEW THEORY BEHIND $5M SAINT’S STRUGGLES
While his team’s 2020 campaign will be widely lauded, Bradley Hill’s first season in St Kilda colours was a tough slog.
The most high-profile and highest-paid of the five players recruited to the Saints 12 months ago, Hill arrived hoping to fill a chasm and become the club’s key linkman when transitioning from the defensive 50 to the forward 50.
Saints fans caught a glimpse of that throughout the season – his aerobic power in the Saints’ Round 4 win over Richmond was something else. But they didn’t see it enough.
After being stiff to not make the All-Australian 40-man squad in 2019, Hill, who signed a long-term Saints deal estimated to be around $900,000 per season, was arguably lucky to hold his spot for all 19 St Kilda games.
Saints coach Brett Ratten said after a loss to Geelong that Hill’s teammates weren’t looking for him enough during games. That issue seemed to temporarily correct itself, but Hill faded badly towards the back-end of the season.
The 27-year-old mustered just 12 and 11 disposals in his two finals against the Bulldogs and Tigers respectively.
Speaking on SEN on Saturday, Port Adelaide champion Kane Cornes revealed his theory on why gun runner Hill struggled in Saints colours in 2020: The shortened 16-minute quarters.
“I think he’s the one player in competition that’s been most affected by the shortened quarters and shortened games,” Cornes told SEN’s Crunch Time.
“He’s the best and most powerful runner in the game. Some would say it’s a minor thing, but you shortened the game by the amount that we’ve shortened it this year and it takes away one of his biggest strengths. The 25-minute mark of a normal quarter onwards, he was good for four or five touches – and he’s a 10-possession last quarter player.
“We can we can judge him harshly – and we will because he is that high price recruit – but I think once games go back to their full length, he will be a much more effective player than what he has been this year.”
Cornes gets the last laugh!
But as SEN co-host Sam Edmund pointed out, quarter lengths mightn’t return to 20 minutes plus time on, with the league considering only a slight increase to the 16-minute quarters we’ve seen this season.
Fellow panellist Gerard Whateley said he wasn’t utterly convinced that was the reason behind Hill’s down year, adding he thought Hill could be “more committed to the task at hand than he has looked at various stages” and the Saints had a right to demand that from him.
“Hill’s at his best when he’s fed (the ball) and things are on his terms. (But) you have to add a little bit more to your game if you’re prepared to take the cheque that he’s taking,” Whateley told SEN.
Cornes said Whateley’s point was fair, but added the Saints knew what type of player they were recruiting.
“He’s never been a big tough, inside midfielder. They identified that speed on the outside and the role on the wing after going after Andrew Gaff as well.
“They knew what they were getting. But I think there is a subconscious level of security that kicks in when you get that big, bumper long-term deal – and that happens across the board.”
WHAT BOMBERS’ BUMPER DRAFT HAND COULD MEAN
There’s plenty of doom and gloom around about Essendon’s off-season so far; and fair enough, too. You build your list to try and find stars like Joe Daniher and Adam Saad, not to lose them.
But at the same time, if the price is right for both players, it could hand the Bombers a historic chance to re-load at the draft.
This year isn’t the ideal time to do it, admittedly. Most draft-age players have been unable to show their talents in under-18s matches due to the pandemic, and the draft was already going to be heavily compromised through Academy players.
But with the Bombers already holding Pick 6, they could very quickly find themselves holding three top-ten selections.
Let’s say the Dons end up with Picks 6, 7 and 8 – their original pick, Carlton’s first-round pick for Saad and a first-round compensation pick for Daniher walking as a free agent.
That would end up being a replica of what Fremantle had in 2019, once someone (likely Adelaide) bids for Bulldogs Academy prospect Jamarra Ugle-Hagan at the top and pushes them down the order.
The Dockers had picks 7, 8 and 9, selecting Hayden Young, Liam Henry and most notably Rising Star winner Caleb Serong. That’s two very promising players AND the pick of the bunch through one year.
So who else has had the chance to shop early and often, and what have they done with the picks?
THREE OR MORE TOP TEN AFL NATIONAL DRAFT PICKS (Since 2000)
Fremantle (2019): Hayden Young (7), Caleb Serong (8), Liam Henry (9)
Gold Coast Suns (2018): Jack Lukosius (2), Izak Rankine (3), Ben King (6)
Gold Coast Suns (2016): Ben Ainsworth (4), Jack Scrimshaw (7), Will Brodie (9), Jack Bowes (10)
GWS Giants (2011): Jonathon Patton (1), Stephen Coniglio (2), Dom Tyson (3), Will Hoskin-Elliott (4), Matt Buntine (5), Nick Haynes (7), Adam Tomlinson (9), Liam Sumner (10) [Toby Greene 11, Taylor Adams 13, Devon Smith 14]
Gold Coast Suns (2010): David Swallow (1), Harley Bennell (2), Sam Day (3), Josh Caddy (7), Dion Prestia (9), Daniel Gorringe (10) [Tom Lynch 11]
Hawthorn (2004): Jarryd Roughead (2), Lance Franklin (5), Jordan Lewis (7)
As you can see, there are some huge hits in there, but also some misses – which is sort of the point.
If you have one first-round draft pick and you miss a good player, it hurts. If you have multiple chances, you’re dramatically reducing your chances of missing.
The draft is a dart board. You want early throws, and you want as many as possible, because no matter how much you practice, sometimes your arm does funny things.
THE CATS TWEAK THAT MIGHT EXPLAIN CROUCH PLAY
If that’s what Patrick Dangerfield can produce as a more permanent forward for Geelong, look out.
And we could see it come to fruition should the Cats land Adelaide free agent Brad Crouch.
The Cats superstar was breathtaking in his club’s commanding semi-final win over Collingwood, particularly when he truly broke the game open in the second term with two classy checkside goals, a few towering marks and a goal assist that set up a Tom Hawkins major.
Dangerfield and Hawkins would both finish with four goals in a sign the two veterans could form a tantalising forward 50 partnerships if given the opportunity to thrive.
Pies enter the DANGER zone
But can the Cats afford to take Dangerfield – who’s made eight of the past nine All-Australian sides primarily off the back of his on-ball dominance – away from the middle? Melbourne champion Garry Lyon reckons it’s time to pull the trigger.
“Does he (Dangerfield) have to play 70 per cent-plus forward for Geelong to win this premiership?” Lyon asked on Fox Footy.
“I’m starting to prepare him for life as a 75 per cent forward. That’s where I think Geelong are at.”
But as dual premiership Kangaroo David King pointed out on Fox Footy’s First Crack, Dangerfield is still one heck of a midfielder. Against the Pies, he attended six centre bounces and won two clearances – a better strike rate than teammates Joel Selwood (2 from 19) and Cam Guthrie (2 from 20).
What would make Dangerfield conundrum easier, though, is if the Cats could land a pure inside ball-winner during the upcoming AFL exchange period.
Enter Adelaide’s leading contested possession player in Crouch, who’s eligible for free agency and been strongly linked to the Cats for many weeks.
St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt put two and two together, asking on Fox Footy: “A left-field one: Looking at Geelong and their recruiting, is that why they’re into a player like Crouch do you think?
Lyon replied: “Possibly. They asked the question of Jack Viney as well.”
Triple premiership Lion Jonathan Brown added the Cats should take a “horses for courses” approach with Dangerfield as he can easily swing on ball or into the forward line at short notice.
Gaz’s silky skills hurt Pies
But King said Dangerfield as a forward was a more damaging and unique asset.
“The bottom line is they’ve got multiple options that can go through the midfield,” King told First Crack. “They’ve only got Hawkins – (Gary) Rohan is in and out of games and you can’t bank on him – and if you’ve got Hawkins and Dangerfield, you’ve got goalkickers. You can’t replace them.”
As Riewoldt pointed out, Dangerfield had the potential to be an outstanding goalkicker if he was given the chance to train with the forwards group.
“At the moment as a forward, Dangerfield is a ‘stand and deliver’ forward,” he said. “He relies on athleticism; he doesn’t have any forward craft.”
Lyon added: “He’s just playing brutally. If he adds some nuance to that, then look out.”
Barely five months after cycling hero Sir Bradley Wiggins announced he and his wife of 16 years had decided to separate, he tells the world he is all ‘loved up’ with a blonde PR girl.
In his ‘separation tweet’ (so hideously fashionable for the famous these days) back in May, the five-time Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France winner said that he and Cath’s two children — Ben, 14, and Isabella, 12 — ‘remain our priority and we ask for privacy’.
Some privacy, Brad, when your ‘friends’ are now briefing the newspapers that you’ve moved in with Laura Hartshorne. The pair are said to have bonded instantly as she’s ‘no stranger to the celebrity scene . . . and she loves a good party which fits in more with Bradley’s lifestyle now’.
Yet what shocked me the most was when he said: ‘I probably always used to put other people first. [Now] I have been able to realise that I also deserve my own happiness.’
Being a top sportsman or woman is among the most selfish careers of all: it goes with the job. Some people might doubt how much Brad really has ‘put other people first’.
Barely five months after cycling hero Sir Bradley Wiggins (left) announced he and his wife of 16 years (right) had decided to separate, he tells the world he is all ‘loved up’ with a blonde PR girl
This is the same local hero whose once-glittering career is beset by allegations of performance-enhancing drugs, which he vehemently denies.
As for what he really ‘deserves’ — many might look back to the explosive parliamentary report two years ago which suggested that Brad had taken a powerful corticosteroid — under the guise of treating a legitimate medical condition — before the Tour de France. Cath stood by him when the parliamentary committee accused him of crossing an ethical line in taking the drug for ‘asthma’.
Perhaps it is a salutary tale for all long-serving wives. Beware a man accused of obfuscating in his career: he may also play fast and loose in his personal life.
Maybe she should have realised then that her husband was, if not a drug cheat, then certainly a man who was comfortable bending the rules.
Brad is understood to have moved moved in with Laura Hartshorne (pictured) after they ‘bonded instantly’
Brad’s halo slipped that day — no mean feat, given those ridiculous sideburns. Yet questions still remain about his integrity. He denies he took that drug to boost his performance: did he also insist to Cath that he had nothing to declare in his private life?
To leap from the marital home into his girlfriend’s flat so suddenly might lead some to question exactly how long he’d known loved-up Laura. (It’s said they met ‘a few months ago’.)
Yes, marriages break down — but it’s how a marriage ends that lingers for ever. In the end it’s not we, the public, who will judge Brad’s actions, but his children.
Meanwhile, Brad should pray that Cath doesn’t say anything new about the contents of the mysterious Jiffy bag delivered to him at a race in 2011. If she were ever to claim that it contained something other than the decongestant that Brad and Team Sky claimed — well, some revenge that would be.
Kenny, it’s time to let go-go
Eleven years after George Michael and his one-time lover Kenny Goss separated and four years since the Wham! singer died, Goss is now suing George’s £100 million estate for £15,000-a-month spousal maintenance.
The multi-million-pound art collection that George set him up with is no longer enough, and the American now claims he is entitled to be provided for in the style to which he became accustomed while the pop star was alive.
George once sang about Club Tropicana — but Goss wants the drinks to be free for the rest of his life.
Prince William announced the singer Shakira (pictured) was among the judges gifting environmentalists funds for their ideas to rescue the planet
Eyebrows were raised when, launching his £50 million green ‘Earthshot’ prize project with David Attenborough, Prince William announced the singer Shakira was among judges gifting environmentalists funds for their ideas to rescue the planet.
A cheap grab at stardom this was not. The Colombian-born pop star has a proud record creating the Barefoot Foundation, which funds schools for poor children in her homeland.
Perhaps William learned a trick from his mother, Princess Diana, that when it comes to effecting change, there is no more powerful combination than celebrity and compassion.
Having regained 7½st she lost after her divorce from Lenny Henry, Dawn French, 62, says she’s glad to be ‘a barrel again’ and doesn’t ‘give a f***’ about her weight. Jolly good, if the only person who has to live with a woman’s body is the woman herself. Yet one can’t help but wonder if second hubby Mark Bignell might have views on all this. If any husband had gained half his body weight since his wedding, might his wife not have the right to turn around and say: ‘Why not skip the second Cornish pasty, love?’
Mouthy Davina McCall is the new host of the revamped Changing Rooms. To which I can only say: lock your front doors! Given that the ex-Big Brother presenter’s taste has so far extended to his-and-hers Jacuzzis, lip-shaped sofas and a colour range from puce to purple, I think we’ll all be changing channels.
Ex-Big Brother presenter Davina McCall is the new host of the revamped Changing Rooms
Who would not be awed by Oxford physics Professor Sir Roger Penrose, who won the Nobel Prize for having proved the existence of black holes? The 89-year-old is a joy, even if I can’t understand a word he says about cosmology, which I thought was what Oscar Cainer does in this paper (I’m a Scorpio). For most of us, a black hole is the moment you learn your husband has left you.
Rumour was the job fronting No 10’s new White House-inspired daily televised press briefings had gone to a feisty, self-promoting, thirty-something blonde with close links to the PM. Much disappointment when it turned out to be the blue-stockinged Allegra Stratton and not that spicy Californian, Jennifer Arcuri.
If we’re all in this together, perhaps MPs should forgo their £3,360 pay rise, taking their salaries to £85,292. That’s about four times the pay of a care worker — and they don’t get to Zoom into work.
Manchester’s mayor Andy Burnham says the Government is being ‘downright disrespectful’ after locking down much of the North of England. The only disrespect Andy is showing is to his suspiciously plucked eyebrows. Let that monobrow grow, Andy!
Boris proudly boasts he lost nearly 2st after catching Covid. Well done, Bojo, just four more to go!
Sell 007’s budgie smugglers
More than half a century after Ursula Andress emerged from the sea in Dr No as Honey Ryder, becoming the most iconic Bond girl ever, her ivory bikini is expected to fetch £400,000 at auction.
The current rather creaky 007 should take note.
Daniel Craig doesn’t need the money — he’s said to be worth £120 million — so surely it’s high time he sold off for charity his old blue budgie smugglers from Casino Royale.
The scene where Ursula Andress emerged from the sea in Dr No as Honey Ryder made her ‘the most iconic Bond girl ever’. Now the ivory bikini she wore (pictured) is expected to fetch £400,000 at auction
A study into how to befriend cats concludes they respond lovingly when you ‘smize’ at them, which means creasing your face and eyes into a smile while slowly blinking.
I tried this with my rescue moggy Teddy, with whom I normally communicate via smooches and cat-to-human talk (he meows: ‘Hi Mandy,’ and I reply: ‘Hi Ted.’)
When I ‘smized’ at him, he whacked me in the face — no claws, just an open paw of indignation.
From which I must conclude that the survey was conducted by dog-owners.
Dad the real hero
How glorious to see more than 400 doctors and nurses who fought the front-line battle against Covid being remembered in the Honours List.
But the interior decorator Kelly Hoppen getting a CBE? What has the world come to? That’s a rank above the OBE my pop, Charles Platell, was awarded after he volunteered, aged 37, to fight for King and Country in Alexandria, Egypt, during World War II.
Men like him fought and died for freedom — not so some broad could re-cover sofas.
FILE PHOTO: Cleveland Cavaliers’ rookie Kyrie Irving (R) dribbles around Boston Celtics’ defender Avery Bradley during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in Cleveland January 31, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk
June 24, 2020
The Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers will be without a starter when the NBA season resumes, as guard Avery Bradley announced Tuesday that he will not join the team next month in central Florida.
Bradley told ESPN that his decision was made out of concern for the health of his 6-year-old son, Liam, who has dealt with respiratory problems. Bradley and his wife have three children.
After a four-month hiatus prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA will send the top 22 of its 30 teams to the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. Training camp is due to run July 9-29 with games to commence on July 30.
“As committed to my Lakers teammates and the organization as I am, I ultimately play basketball for my family,” Avery Bradley said, per ESPN. “And so, at a time like this, I can’t imagine making any decision that might put my family’s health and well-being at even the slightest risk.
“As promised also, I will use this time away to focus on the formation of projects to help strengthen my communities.”
Last week, Bradley joined with Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving in fronting a coalition of NBA players asking the league and the players union to focus on social reform and anti-racism causes.
The rules of the paused season will allow the Lakers to replace Bradley on the roster, and multiple media outlets reported that free agent JR Smith could be a top target.
Smith won an NBA championship alongside current Lakers star LeBron James in 2015-16. However, the 34-year-old veteran last appeared in an NBA game in November 2018.
Bradley, 29, averaged 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds for the Lakers in 49 games (44 starts) this season. He missed 13 games in November and December due to a hairline fracture in his right leg.
A 2010 first-round pick of the Celtics (19th overall) out of Texas, Bradley played seven seasons in Boston before splitting the past three seasons between the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and the Lakers.
The Chase Celebrity Special saw rugby star Ugo Monye face chaser Anne Hegerty in a general knowledge battle to raise money for charity.
And Ugo also managed to take cocky host Bradley Walsh down a peg or two when he made a savage jibe about the presenter’s height.
Playing alongside other celebs including Mariella Frostrup, John Sargeant and Ranvir Singh, Ugo also revealed he has a tattoo on his backside and he does not even know what it says.
The question was: “Which of these is a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip?”
Ugo answered A) Mandalay Bay, and revealed: “I’ve been nine times and I’ve got a tattoo, me and a few of the lads got a tattoo.”
“What does it say?” asked Bradley.
“I couldn’t say, I genuinely couldn’t say, it’s on my backside, my mum has just found out which is nice, it will live with me forever now which is not a great thing,” said Ugo, as the audience were in hysterics.
Later on, the question was: “What classification of planet did the International Astronomical Union introduce in 2006?”
Guessing “dwarf planet”, Ugo explained: “I just heard Ranvir talking about you being small, and I had that in my head.”
Bradley feigned fury as the audience cheered and whooped.
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“Bradley Robert Edwards, we say, is the Claremont serial killer.”
The prosecution has closed its case after a trial of more than six months
It rests on DNA, material fibres and his propensity for violence against women
Bradley Edwards’s lawyers are due to begin closing submissions later today
With those words, the state has wrapped up its case in the WA Supreme Court in the triple-murder trial of Edwards, 51, for the so-called Claremont serial killings.
The long-running trial opened in November last year and has heard from more than 200 witnesses and taken up tens of thousands of pages of transcript.
Summing up, state prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo SC said the case was based on logic and on evidence.
She said there were a plethora of “compelling” reasons to convict Edwards of the wilful murders of Sarah Spiers, 18, Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27.
Edwards denies murdering the three women.
‘Enigma of the dark’ solved, court told
Ms Barbagallo said in her opening address the state had promised to shed light on an “enigma of the dark” who preyed upon vulnerable women as they left Claremont at night, and it was the forensic evidence that had enabled that to happen.
“The physical evidence has shed light on and unmasked the killer sought by so many and for so long,” she told Justice Stephen Hall.
“Critically there is no evidence … which is inconsistent with the accused man being the murderer of these three young women.”
She said this evidence included Edwards’s DNA being found “on, under or around” two of Ms Glennon’s fingernails, fibres found on Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon that matched his Telstra-issued clothing and car, and the marked similarities in their manner of death and the disposal of their bodies.
Both likely died from having their throats cut, Ms Barbagallo said, and both bodies were disposed of in bushland areas 45 kilometres from Claremont, with each partially concealed by vegetation.
Edwards’s previous behaviour in abducting and raping a 17-year-old girl as she walked alone from Claremont late at night in 1995 — the year before Ms Spiers and Ms Rimmer vanished — and his unprovoked ambush-style attacks on two other women in 1988 and 1990 showed he had both a tendency and the ability to overpower and attack vulnerable women, she said.
Edwards lied about crimes he later admitted
Ms Barbagallo said the “compelling motive” for the women’s murders went beyond his own gratification and was likely because he wanted to conceal his identity, so the women he attacked could not identify him.
He had also intended to kill the teenager he raped at Karrakatta Cemetery in 1995, but she escaped before he could do so, Ms Barbagallo said.
She said Edwards told a plethora of “outrageous, blatant lies” in his police interview, parts of which were shown to the court earlier in the trial, including his “self-serving denials” to the crimes he was accused of.
These included a number of offences he subsequently admitted, including the Karrakatta rape and his attack on an 18-year-old as she slept at her parent’s home in Huntingdale in 1988.
Ms Barbagallo said his “expressions of surprise, denial and bewilderment” when confronted with these crimes were “indistinguishable” from the expressions he made when the murder allegations were put to him.
“Whichever way you look at it … there is no rational evidence that can be drawn other than this accused, Bradley Robert Edwards, was the person who abducted and murdered three young women,” she said.
Defence counsel Paul Yovich is expected to start his closing submissions later today.
A tiny fragment of DNA lodged under the fingernails of lawyer Ciara Glennon and not discovered until more than a decade after she was killed in 1997 “may well have turned out to be the proverbial pot of gold” in proving Bradley Edwards murdered her, the WA Supreme Court has been told.
The trial was delayed last Tuesday because of technical issues and illness
State prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo has resumed her closing submission
She says 25 crucial pieces of evidence prove Bradley Edwards is guilty
Edwards, 51, is accused of murdering 27-year-old Ciara Glennon, 18-year-old Sarah Spiers and 23-year-old Jane Rimmer in 1996 and 1997, and his triple murder trial in its final days.
The trial had resumed for a short time last Tuesday with Ms Barbagallo appearing via video link from her home, but technical issues with the video and audio link, combined with Ms Barbagallo’s frequent coughing and spluttering, led to Justice Stephen Hall delaying proceedings.
Ms Barbagallo said the court had heard expert testimony that the chances of the DNA found “on, under or about” two of Ms Glennon’s fingernails coming from someone other than Edwards were 80 million to one, providing “extremely strong scientific support” for the proposition that he murdered her.
Contamination theory ‘purely speculative’
Ms Barbagallo today also addressed the issue of contamination, telling the court it was “purely speculative” to suggest the accused’s DNA could somehow have got into Ms Glennon’s fingernails as a result of the samples being contaminated.
She said for contamination to have occurred, there would have had to be source, opportunity and mechanism, yet “there is simply no realistic opportunity or mechanism”.
The only remotely possible source was an intimate sample from a 17-year-old violently raped by Edwards at Karrakatta Cemetery in 1995, which was stored at the PathWest laboratories.
However, Ms Barbagallo said this sample was never examined at the same time as the fingernail samples, and was stored in a sealed tube in a separate box than the nail samples in the PathWest freezer.
One of the two relevant nail samples, known as AJM 40, was marked “debris only, not suitable for testing” and was not opened until it was sent to the UK for testing in 2008, while the other — AJM 42 — was opened just twice, in 1997 and 2004.
The fact AJM 40 was never opened meant it could not have been the source of contamination, Ms Barbagallo said.
“What was passed over as not suitable for analysis in 1996 and 2003 may well have turned out to have been the proverbial pot of gold,” Ms Barbagallo said.
“The state says the possibility of any contamination event was extremely remote, let alone contamination by the accused’s DNA.”
She said the former Telstra technician had used a knife or other sharp object to kill Ms Glennon.
“The assailant cut her neck, severing an artery or vein,” she told the court.
The courtroom was again packed with onlookers, although they were spaced out in accordance with social distancing requirements.
The families of Ms Glennon, Ms Rimmer and Ms Spiers were among the onlookers, as were the two women Edwards attacked at Karrakatta and Huntingdale.
Four key planks to case: prosecutors
Ms Barbagallo last week laid down the central tenements of the state’s case against Edwards, including 25 crucial pieces of evidence that she said proved the former Telstra technician committed the murders.
There were four key planks to the case, she said, comprising DNA evidence, clothing fibre evidence, automotive fibre evidence, and propensity evidence from the crimes he had already admitted.
Even if any one of those was rejected by Justice Hall, the case could be decided on a combination of the other three, Ms Barbagallo asserted.
The first plank of evidence centres on the rape of the 17-year-old girl, a brutal crime Edwards finally confessed to on the eve of his murder trial.
The teenager had been walking home alone from Claremont in the early hours of the morning when Edwards attacked her from behind as she walked through a park.
He bound her hands and feet, stuffed a cloth into her mouth and put a bag over her head before throwing her in the back of his Telstra van and taking her to the nearby cemetery, where he dragged her through the dirt to an isolated area and violently raped her twice.
Edwards was a Telstra technician at the time and fibres that matched pants and shorts issued to Telstra employees in those days were found on the 17-year-old’s shorts.
Fibres from a Telstra technician uniform were also found on the bodies of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.
Then there is the car evidence.
At the time of their disappearances, Edwards had been allocated a white VS series 1 Holden Commodore station wagon by Telstra, and car fibres found on both women matched that car.
In addition, when Ms Glennon was last seen on Stirling Highway in the early hours of March 15, 1997, she was talking to someone driving a white Commodore station wagon.
‘Propensity’ for sexually motivated attacks, court told
Like the rape victim, Ms Spiers, Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon were all last seen in Claremont, leaving the entertainment precinct alone late at night.
Ms Barbagallo said Edwards “had a propensity to engage in sexually motivated assaults of females — including and in particular a female leaving the Claremont nightlife precinct alone in the early hours”.
In the case of Ms Spiers, whose body has never been found, Ms Barbagallo said she had wanted to go to Mosman Park, and a short time after she left Claremont “horrific screams” were heard in the vicinity of a Toyota station wagon parked in that suburb.
Edwards at that time was driving a Telstra-issued Toyota station wagon.
Like Ms Spiers, Ms Barbagallo said Ms Rimmer was also “attacked in such a way as to cause her to scream out in terror”, and witnesses during the trial gave evidence of screams being heard on the night she disappeared in the area where her body was eventually found.
A Telstra-issued knife was found in the same sparsely populated area of Wellard, on the city’s southern fringes.
Edwards had a propensity to commit sexually motivated attacks, and Ms Rimmer’s body was found naked, Ms Barbagallo said.
Both Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon had been found with similar defensive-style injuries and neck injuries, and both of their bodies had been disposed of in such a manner that they were “extremely unlikely to be found”, the lead prosecutor said.
This would explain why Ms Spiers’s body had not been found, she said.
Lastly, Ms Barbagallo said, Edwards’s movements at the time of all three young women’s disappearances and murders were unaccounted for, and he had the “opportunity and demonstrated skill and capability to abduct and murder them”.
The combined effect of these and other facts would prove Edwards murdered Ms Spiers, Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon, she said.
The conclusion to the trial of accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Edwards has been delayed until next week after technical difficulties and the ill health of state prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo SC forced an adjournment.
Edwards is accused of killing three women in Claremont in the 1990s
The prosecution says the evidence proves guilt beyond reasonable doubt
But illness and technical difficulties have postponed the trial to next week
The trial has been going for almost six months and closing submissions from the prosecution had been scheduled to get underway yesterday, but they were delayed because Ms Barbagallo was unwell.
She did not arrive in person at the WA Supreme Court today, instead beginning her summing up in the case via videolink from her home.
But she appeared to be suffering from a bad cold or flu and was seen frequently coughing.
After the videolink broke down repeatedly, Justice Stephen Hall said Ms Barbagallo appeared to be “significantly unwell” and offered to postpone the hearing.
“This is not an overwhelming success is it?” he said after the videolink to Ms Barbagallo was cut again.
“She is valiantly soldiering on, as I would expect her to do given her professionalism, but I would not want her to feel she is obliged to do so.
“The most important thing is that everyone gets a fair trial.”
Justice Hall adjourned the trial until Monday.
Edwards was ‘the great unknown’ terror, prosecution says
In a brief introduction to her closing argument, Ms Barbagallo said Edwards inflicted the “greatest terror” on the Perth community when he allegedly abducted and wilfully murdered three young women from the affluent Claremont area in 1996 and 1997.
She told the court the normal behaviour of the young women in socialising at Claremont late at night had met with the “abnormal behaviour of an assailant”, causing terror in the community from “the great unknown”.
Edwards, 51, has been on trial since last November for the wilful murders of Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.
The body of 18-year-old Ms Spiers, a receptionist, has never been found.
Ms Rimmer’s body was found in bushland south of Perth nearly seven weeks after the 23-year-old childcare worker went missing.
The remains of 27-year-old Ms Glennon, a lawyer, were also found in bushland, this time on Perth’s northern outskirts 19 days after her disappearance.
DNA, fibres and ‘propensity’ evidence key
Ms Barbagallo said Edwards had disposed of Ms Glennon and Ms Rimmer’s bodies in such a way that they were unlikely to be found.
The fact that Ms Spiers’s body had never been discovered, combined with the lack of witnesses to any of the three abductions and murders, meant the case against Edwards was entirely circumstantial.
But she said the prosecution’s case was so strong as to prove Edwards’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
The case would rely primarily on DNA evidence found “on, under or around” a combined sample of two of Ms Glennon’s fingernails, clothing fibres, automotive fibres and propensity evidence from three attacks on women to which Edwards had admitted, Ms Barbagallo said.
The families of the victims were in court today to hear the start of the summing up, including members of the Spiers, Glennon and Rimmer families, as well as Edwards’s parents.
Two women sexually assaulted by Edwards when they were teenagers, one of whom was violently raped in Karrakatta and the other who was the victim of a home invasion and attack in Huntingdale, were also present.