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A police custody van transporting Steven Wright, accused in the killings of five prostitutes in eastern England, leaves Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday. ((Associated Press))

A 48-year-old man accused of killing five women in eastern England made a brief court appearance on Tuesday before being sent back to jail.

Steven Wrightfaces five charges of murder in connection with the deaths of Gemma Adams, 25, Anneli Alderton, 24, Tania Nicol, 19, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29.

Police arrested the former fork-lift driver on Dec. 19 at his home in Ipswich, a town 110 kilometres northeast of London.

During his appearance in Ipswich Crown Court before Judge John Devaux, Wrightdid not enter a plea and did not ask for bail. He is due back in court on May 1.

The victims' bodies were found in rural Suffolk Countyovera 10-day periodbeginning Dec. 2.

Three bodies were found near the main road and the rail line between Ipswich and Trimley. The other twowere discovered near the same road in areas south and southwest of Ipswich.

A 37-year-old man who wasarrested before Wright in connection with the killings has been released on bail. Police have not identified him nor said whether heis stilla suspect.

With files from the Associated Press