Serial killer who murdered Huddersfield vice girl drops appeal
Feb 3 2009 by John Knighton, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A MAN who killed five prostitutes, including a Huddersfield woman, has dropped his appeal.
Serial killer Steve Wright has dropped his latest appeal bid but still intends to fight his conviction, his brother said.
The 50-year-old, of Ipswich, Suffolk, was convicted in February last year of murdering five prostitutes – including former Huddersfield vice girl Anneli Alderton.
His case had been listed for an appeal hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice on February 24 but his family said this will not go ahead.
“We’ve withdrawn the appeal,” said Wright's brother, David, 52.
“We’ve spoken to our barrister and the general consensus is we’re not yet in a position where we can submit our grounds for an appeal.
“If we go to court on the 24th we’re not going to get a retrial because we’re not prepared.”
Despite the withdrawal of the appeal, David said he remained certain the conviction would ultimately be overturned.
“I’m confident that when we’ve done all the paperwork and submitted it to the CCRC that we’ll go to a retrial and Steve will be found not guilty,” he said.
Wright murdered Tania Nicol, 19, Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli, 24, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29, between October and December, 2006.
Their bodies were found at isolated spots around Ipswich over a 10-day period in December, 2006.
Wright, who was found guilty following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court, was sentenced to a whole-life jail term.
His application for permission to appeal was based on his claims that he did not receive a fair trial, he was poorly represented and that there was no evidence linking him to the murders.