Accused in British prostitute murders pleads not guilty

Steven Wright, the British man charged in the murders of five prostitutes from the Ipswich area, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of murder.

Steven Wright, the British man accused of killing five women, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of murder.

The 49-year-old is charged with the murders of Tania Nicol, 19; Anneli Alderton, 24; Paula Clennell, 24; Gemma Adams, 25; and Annette Nicholls, 29.All the women worked as prostitutes in the Ipswich area, 110 kilometres northeast of London.

Their bodies were found in villages around Ipswich during an 10-day period in December.

Wright was arrested at his Ipswich home on Dec. 19.

The former forklift driver was taken from Belmarsh Prison in London to Ipswich for the court appearance.

Another man, who was arrested before Wright on suspicion of murdering the five women, is currently on bail.

The case evoked a massive police hunt in Suffolk County, involving more than 500 officers from across Britain.

Investigators saythe women were notsexually assaulted prior totheir deaths and there appeared to be no signs of struggle.