A 48-year-old man has appeared in court, charged with the murders of five prostitutes, whose bodies were found near the town of Ipswich, in eastern England. Stephen Wright was arrested on Tuesday at his home and charged two days later. He appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court for a preliminary hearing, and was remanded in custody until January the second.
Michael Crimp from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “We have made the decision that there is sufficient evidence and authorised that Stephen Wright, born on the 24th of April, 1958, of London Road, Ipswich, should be charged with the murder of Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell. We will continue to keep this case under constant review as it develops.”
The five women had been working as prostitutes in Ipswich. Their naked bodies were found in rural areas around the Suffolk town this month. Police said one victim had been strangled, another died of compression to the neck. They have not said how the others died. Police arrested another man at his home in Trimley St Martin, southeast of Ipswich, in connection with their inquiries. He has been released on bail.