Claremont verdict: WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts weighs in on continued Sarah Spiers investigation

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WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts will join The West Live to weigh in on the Claremont verdict and highlight what resources will be put to the Sarah Spiers investigation.
Camera IconWA Police Minister Michelle Roberts will join The West Live to weigh in on the Claremont verdict and highlight what resources will be put to the Sarah Spiers investigation. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Bradley Robert Edwards was yesterday confirmed as a “brutal rapist and a murderer” marking a momentous day for the State — particularly for WA Police after an investigation spanning two decades.

But following his aquittal for the murder of Sarah Spiers many have been asking ‘what next?’

Sarah Spiers.
Camera IconSarah Spiers. Credit: UNKNOWN/SUPPLIED

WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts will join The West Live from 8.45am to discuss Edwards’ conviction of wilfully murdering Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon after snatching them off the streets of Claremont in the mid-1990s.

And on the podcast, Minister Roberts will discuss the next steps for the Spiers investigation, including what funding will be allocated to the probe, possible angles or new leads to be explored since the trial and outline the process from here.

Justice Stephen Hall yesterday found Edwards not guilty of the murder of Sarah Spiers – the first young woman he was accused of snatching off the streets of Claremont in the mid-1990s — claiming despite “propensity evidence” it couldn’t be proved beyond reasonable doubt.

Mark McGowan has pleaded with Edwards to disclose any knowledge he has of the location of Sarah Spiers' body while vowing alongside WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson to continue the hunt for her killer.

Ms Roberts will also be quizzed on WA Police resources in Perth’s party precinct of Northbridge ahead of the long weekend.

Australian cricket legend Dean Jones died of a heart attack in India.
Camera IconAustralian cricket legend Dean Jones died of a heart attack in India. Credit: UNKNOWN/UNKNOWN

Later on the show, top Perth lawyer Tom Percy QC will provide his expert analysis on the verdict.

Regular Friday guest and 7NEWS State Political Editor Geof Parry will also be on the show to debrief on the week that was in WA politics and media.

Sunrise Perth correspondent Matt Tinney will also bring us up to date on the latest news headlines.

After 9.15am, The West Australian's Ben O’Shea will be back on the podcast to share some quirky stories from across the State in his Wild West segment.

Australian cricket coach Justin Langer will also join podcast host Jenna Clarke to reflect on the life of legend Dean Jones, who died of a heart attack in India aged 59.

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