British man charged with murder of 5 prostitutes

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December 22, 2006 04:42
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Authorities have charged a 48-year-old man with the murder of five prostitutes whose bodies were recovered near this English town earlier this month, police said. Police identified the suspect late Thursday as Stephen Wright, who lives in the city's red-light district and was taken into custody in Ipswich Tuesday. "Stephen Wright from Ipswich has been charged with the murder of all five women," Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull said at a news conference. Wright was to appear in court Friday, he said. Gull said that a 37-year-old man who had been arrested Monday was released on bail pending further inquiries. Police did not say whether he remained a suspect and gave no details on when he would be required to return to a police station for further questioning. Prosecutor Michael Crimp said there was "sufficient evidence" to charge Wright with the murders of Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell, Annette Nicholls and Gemma Adams. "As the case has developed we have been carefully examining and assessing the evidence in order to come to a charging decision at the earliest possible opportunity," Crimp said. Crimp urged the media to be careful in reporting events surrounding the case, adding: "Steven Wright stands accused of these offences and has a right to a fair trial before a jury."

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