British serial killer begins appeal against conviction

Serial killer Steve Wright has applied for permission to appeal against his conviction for murdering five prostitutes, Suffolk police said today.

English serial killer Steve Wright has applied for permission to appeal against his conviction for murdering five prostitutes, Suffolk police said today.

The 49-year-old former QE2 steward, from Ipswich, was found guilty last month by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman today confirmed Wright's intention to appeal after he was handed a whole-life sentence.

"We have been informed by Ipswich Crown Court that Steve Wright has put in an application for leave to appeal against his convictions," the spokeswoman said.

Julie Crosby, manager of Ipswich Crown Court, said: "We received an application yesterday from Wright's representative to appeal against his convictions. He has also applied for a representation order for a new solicitor.

"The paperwork has now been sent to the Court of Appeal in London, where it will be considered."

Wright was found guilty of murdering Gemma Adams (aged 25), Tania Nicol (aged 19), Anneli Alderton (aged 24), Paula Clennell (aged 24) and Annette Nicholls (aged 29).

Their bodies were found at remote locations around Ipswich over a 10-day period in December 2006.

Following his conviction, Wright was given a whole-life sentence and told he would spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Following the verdict, some of the victims' families called for the death penalty to be reintroduced as punishment for Wright.

Mrs Crosby said she could not comment on the grounds Wright had cited in appealing his conviction.

Brian Adams, father of Miss Adams, called for Wright to "come clean and stop wasting everyone's time".

"How much longer will he be allowed to continue wasting taxpayers' money?" said Mr Adams, who lives near Ipswich.

"Judging by the overwhelming evidence against him and the speed with which the jury made up their minds about his guilt, it's just incredible that he would be allowed to make an appeal.

"It's about time he came clean and stopped wasting everyone's time."

Keith Wright, half-brother of Wright, said: "I think there were some doubts about the conviction. To be fair, he has always said he hasn't done it but I can't see where he can get new evidence now.

"I don't want him to put everybody through it again if he is just trying to get out of it.

"In your heart you think there's a chance he was not involved. You listen to a lot of the evidence and all that and there was a lot against him but I thought there was enough to cause a doubt. I thought the jury would be out longer than they were.

"Fingers crossed, I hope he gets somewhere with it if he hasn't done it."

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