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STEVEN WRIGHT

 


Name:

Steven Gerald James Wright

AKA:

Suffolk Strangler

D.O.B.

24 April 1958
Kill Total: 5

Kill date:

December 2006

Kill Place:

Ipswich Suffolk

Status:

Single

Occupation:

Truck Driver

Victim:

Gemma Adams 25,
Tania Nicol 19,
Anneli Alderton 24,
Annette Nicholl 29,
Paula Clennell 24

 


 

Court:

Ipswich Crown Court

Judge:

Mr Justice Calvert-Smith

Prosecution:

 

Defence:

 

 


 

 

 

FACTFILE

Saturday 2nd December 2006, Ms Adams' body was discovered in a brook at Thorpes hill, near Hintlesham at 11:50am . Ms Adams disappeared after leaving home on Wednesday 15th November to go to work. She was reported missing by her boyfriend. Her body was discovered by a member of the public. A post mortem was carried out, but they could not confirm a cause of death. Police confirmed that Gemma was NOT sexually assaulted.

Friday 8th December 2006, Ms Nicol was found near Copdock Mill, by police divers, having disappeared on 30th October, she left to go to work in the red light district about 10:30pm and was not seen again. Tania was reported missing on Wednesday 1st November, her mother reported her missing after not seeing her for 2 days. She was discovered in the same stream as Gemma Adams. Gemma and Tania knew each other and frequently worked the same "patch". Their naked bodies were found about two miles apart.

Sunday 10th December 2006, the body of a third woman found. Her naked body was discovered by a passing motorist in woods near Nacton, close to Ipswich. 

Tuesday 12th December 2006, Suffolk police confirmed the third body as Anneli Alderton aged 24, from Colchester, Essex, also a known prostitute, she had been strangled.

Also on 12th December police confirmed that at 3:05pm they received a call from a member of the public who had been walking along Old Felixstowe Road they was a naked woman roughly 20 feet from the roadside. About 40 minutes later at 3:48pm the police helicopter spotted a further body only a few hindered yards from the first. Suffolk police said that although they have no evidence to support, they strongly believe these bodies to be connected to the first, making a total of five bodies. The new discoveries are suspected to be 2 girls previously reported missing, Annette Nicholls, aged 29, and Paula Clennell, aged 24.

Thursday 14th December 2006,  police confirmed the identity of the fourth victim, and confirmed that it is in fact the body of Paula Clennell, aged 24, the post mortem revealed she died of compression to the neck, she was strangled. Paula was reported missing, and was last seen at about at 12:20am on Sunday 10th December on Handford Road near to its junction with Burlington Road in Ipswich Suffolk.

Tom Stephens was arrested on Monday 18th December 2006, Stephens was a Supermarket worker at Tesco in Martlesham. 

Tuesday 19th December 2006, At 5am, a second man, Stephen Wright aged 48 from London road in Ipswich, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Thursday 21st December 2006, At 10:15pm  Police released Tom Stevens on police bail, pending further enquiries, and have charged with 5 murders, the second man, Stephen Wright.

Friday 22nd December 2006, Steven Wright a fork lift truck driver from Ipswich was charged with 5 murders at Ipswich magistrates court . He was held in custody to appear at Ipswich Crown court on 2nd January 2007.

2nd January 2007, he was remanded in custody to re-appear in May 2007.

In 2001, Steve Wright worked as a barman at the Brook Hotel in Felixstowe. He was sacked for stealing hundreds of pounds from the till, for which he was ordered to carry out 100 hours community service.
It was a DNA sample taken at the time of that conviction which led to police matching samples taken from the five dead women.

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1st May 2007 Wright pleaded not guilty at Ipswich crown court in front of  Mr Justice Calvert-Smith.

14th January 2008

Trial started and jury sworn in.

It was revealed during the trial that 2 of the bodies had been laid out in a crucifix position when the bodies were found.

 

21st February 2008

Steve Wright is found guilty of murdering 5 women in Ipswich.

The jury took just eight hours to find Wright guilty on all five murders.

 

22nd February 2008

The trial judge, has sentence Wright to life imprisonment.

Sitting at Ipswich Crown Court, the judge ordered 49-year-old Wright to serve the maximum sentence.

He said: "This was a targeted campaign of murder. It is right you should spend your whole life in prison."

Steve Wright sat emotionless as prosecutors asked the judge to ensure he is never allowed out of jail.

 

Other Cases

The police, as is usual will now look into other deaths that could be connected to Wright. There are several cases of prostitutes and young girls goring missing, in areas where Wright is known to have been, but as Wright protested his innocence throughout his trial it is unlikely any confessions will follow.

In 1992, Natalie Pearman, 16, was found strangled after disappearing from the red-light area of Norwich. A  year later Mandy Duncan, 26, of Woodbridge, Suffolk, vanished while working as a prostitute in Ipswich.  Further, In 2000, Kellie Pratt, 29, vanished from the red-light area of Norwich and in 2002 Michelle Bettles, 22, was found strangled three days after disappearing from the red-light area of Norwich.

15th May 2008, police have said they not considering Wright in the disappearance / murder of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.

2nd July 2008, Wright has been refused the right to appeal. He claimed his trial was not fair, but a judge has written to Wright saying the trial was fair. Wright now has 14 days to appeal this decision.

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