Claremont murders arrest

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There has been a significant breakthrough in the long running Western Australia Police investigation into a series of abductions and murders in the 1990s in Claremont.

Code named Macro, the investigation was later expanded to include other serious crimes.

Detectives from the Special Crime Squad have charged a 48 year old Kewdale man with the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon and attacks on two other women, a 17 year old in Claremont in 1995 and an 18 year old in Huntingdale in 1988.

The man was arrested at his Kewdale home yesterday and charged early this morning.

It’ll be alleged the man abducted 23 year old Ms Rimmer in the early hours of June 9, 1996, after she’d had a night out with friends in Claremont. Her body was later discovered in Wellard on August 3, 1996.

Police will also allege he abducted 27 year old Ms Glennon on Friday, March 14, 1997, after she too had a night out in Claremont.

Ms Glennon’s body was discovered in bushland off Pipidinny Road in Eglington on April 3, 1997.

The man has also been charged with the abduction of the 17 year old girl in the early hours of February 12, 1995, as she walked through Rowe Park on Gugeri Street in Claremont.

It will be alleged she was restrained and forced into a vehicle which was then driven to Karrakatta Cemetery where she was sexually assaulted.

The Special Crime Squad has also charged the man over a break-in and indecent assault at a house in Huntingdale on February 15, 1988.

Police will allege he entered the bedroom of an 18 year old woman and attacked her as she slept. He fled after she struggled.

The man has been charged with the following offences:

2 x Wilful Murder

2 x Deprivation of Liberty

2 x Aggravated Sexual Penetration Without Consent

1 x Break and Enter Dwelling With Intent

1 x Indecent Assault

He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court later today (Friday, December 23, 2016).

Investigations into the disappearance and suspected murder of Sarah Spiers in January 1996 are ongoing.