(CNN)An Australian man dubbed "the Claremont killer" has been sentenced to at least 40 years in jail for murdering two young women, bringing an end to one of the country's most notorious cold cases.
Australian double murderer sentenced to 40 years in prison, ending one of the country's most notorious cold cases
Jane Rimmer, Ciara Glennon and Sarah Spiers all went missing from a popular nightlife area in the Western Australia city of Perth in the 1990s. For nearly 25 years, their unsolved deaths continued to loom large in the minds of residents.
In September this year, following a seven-month judge-only trial, Bradley Robert Edwards, 52, was found guilty of murdering childcare worker Rimmer, 23, in 1996 and lawyer Glennon, 27, in 1997.
He was found not guilty of murdering Spiers, 18, a secretary whose body has never been found, as there was insufficient evidence.
On Wednesday, Edwards was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison before he will be eligible to apply for parole, the Supreme Court of Western Australia confirmed to CNN.
As he handed down the sentence, Western Australia Supreme Court Justice Stephen Hall told Edwards that he was a "dangerous predator who sought out vulnerable young women."
"Your actions were pre-meditated, executed with pitiless determination and were remorseless in your disregard for the pain and suffering that you caused," Hall said in his sentencing remarks.
Hall said there was a "high likelihood" Edwards would die in jail.
The women's disappearance sparked widespread fear among locals in Perth.
All three were last seen in the early hours of the morning after spending a night out in the affluent suburb of Claremont, an area previously perceived as safe.
"The fact that three young women disappeared from the streets of Claremont created what was described as an enigma of the dark," Hall said in his judgment in September when Edwards was found guilty. "That is to say that there was a mystery as to who had taken the three victims."