Steve Wright found guilty of murdering five women in Suffolk, England

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Map of the area surrounding Ipswich showing the locations where the bodies of the victims were discovered

Steve Wright has today, at Ipswich Crown Court, been convicted of the murders of five women found dead around the Suffolk town in England in December 2006. Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls all worked as sex workers in the area.

The first body, that of Gemma Adams, was found on December 2. She had been reported missing on November 15. Tania Nicol, reported missing on October 30, was found December 8, approximately two miles away. On December 10, the body of Anneli Alderton was spotted by a motorist in woodland near to the village of Nacton.

The bodies of Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls were found near the village of Levington on December 12.

Steve Wright was identified as a suspect after DNA evidence was found linking him to the murders. He was arrested on December 19 and charged two days later.

Following the conviction, Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull who led the investigation said that, "These appalling crimes left a community, a county and a nation in a state of profound shock."

"Today’s verdicts demonstrate how the combination of traditional police work and information from the public, coupled with cutting edge DNA science, can be so effective in today’s crime investigations."

Wright will be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court tomorrow, February 22.


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