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UK: first court appearance in serial killer case

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A 48-year old forklift truck driver has been charged with murdering five prostitutes in the English town of Ipswich and dumping their bodies in rural locations. The arrival of Steven Wright at court was watched by a small group of locals and a huge corps of media. After the brief committal hearing, Wright’s solicitor spoke to some of them outside the court:

“I think I can do no more than say that he’s bearing up well under all the circumstances,” said his lawyer, “obviously it’s distressing to be accused of these offences and to be under the scrutiny of the media as he is. Given those circumstances, he’s bearing up as well as anybody could be expected.”

The five victims were aged between 19 and 29. Their bodies were discovered over a 10-day period. The first body, that of 25-year-old Gemma Adams, was discovered on 2 December in a stream. Police launched a huge operation to find the killer. They initially arrested another man who has since been released. Wright was arrested on Tuesday at his home.