Bradley Edwards refuses to look at Huntingdale victim as attack details aired in court

Bradley Edwards refuses to look at Huntingdale victim as attack details aired in court

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The 1988 incident was Mr Edwards’ first recorded criminal offence, which he pleaded guilty to earlier this year.

The court heard the woman had been living about a kilometre from Mr Edwards’ childhood home in Huntingdale and had known members of his family around the time.

The woman spent that day – Valentine’s Day – with her boyfriend and had returned home later in the evening to be in bed by 11pm, but was later woken by the feeling of a person “pressing either side of her waist” and a hand over her mouth.

The woman had been lying on her stomach in bed, and she said she thought her boyfriend had snuck back into the house.

She told the court she assumed he had put his hand over her mouth to stop her making a noise and waking her parents in the next room.

“I said: ‘it’s okay, I won’t scream’,” she said.

She told the court she began wriggling, reached out behind her to stroke the face of who she thought was her boyfriend, and said “I love you”.

“He stopped what he was doing and the pressure came off my back a little bit so I could pull my hand out from under the pillow and I raised my hand up to stroke his face to calm him down,” she said.

Bradley Edwards in the mid-1990s. The prosecution has previously put forward evidence that he fluctuated between being clean shaven and having facial hair.

“I felt that it wasn’t [my boyfriend’s] face. I felt stubble and [my boyfriend] had shaved that day. So I dug my fingernail in as hard as I could into his cheek.

“He lifted off me … and I heard a tiny patter, it was very light as he landed … so I braced, I put my hands over my head and braced everything because I thought he was going to hit me.

“I braced for about four seconds and then nothing had happened.”

The woman turned her head to the side to find nobody there, before looking over her shoulder to see a figure standing in the bedroom doorway wearing what looked like a white nighty.

“There was half a heartbeat of staring at each other in the dark and then I turned and started hammering on my wall, screaming for my dad,” she said.

“I hammered on the wall yelling ‘dad, dad, dad’ until I heard a bang while I was doing that, and a few seconds later my father followed by my mother came into my room and turned the light on.”

The woman said when she last saw the man in her doorway, he was wearing a long-sleeve white cotton nighty, similar to nightwear worn by her mother.

A kimono, some black knotted stockings and a sliver of material was left in her room.

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Police later seized the kimono for testing, and in 2016 it became a significant piece of evidence as the DNA retrieved from it allegedly matched both DNA taken from a 17-year-old girl who had been raped at Karrakatta cemetery in 1995 and DNA found under the fingernails of Ciara Glennon.

It was only formally recognised as Mr Edwards’ DNA in 2016 when police matched it with a Sprite bottle he had discarded at a local movie theatre.

Fingerprints that were taken from the rear of the woman’s house were also later found to be a match to Mr Edwards.

Throughout the woman’s testimony – and in contrast to other witnesses, who he often made eye contact with and occasionally smiled at – Mr Edwards refused to look towards the dock.

Instead, as details of the assault more than 30 years ago were revealed to the court, he simply stared directly ahead.

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