Anneli would have put up a fight

ANNELI Alderton's step-sister today told of her belief that the Suffolk Strangler's third victim would not have died without a fight.Jane Lowe believes Anneli was the first body to show signs of strangulation because the 24-year-old would not have easily submitted to the monster who killed her.

ANNELI Alderton's step-sister today told of her belief that the Suffolk Strangler's third victim would not have died without a fight.

Jane Lowe believes Anneli was the first body to show signs of strangulation because the 24-year-old would not have easily submitted to the monster who killed her.

And she said she was convinced the murderer is someone well-known to Ipswich's prostitutes.

Ms Lowe, 25, said: “So far she was the only person found strangled and I think that's because she wouldn't have gone down without a fight.

“I can't imagine what she had to go through.”

“I honestly think he must be someone who knows them and is somebody they trust.

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“My step sister was not an idiot. She would never have got into a car with someone she didn't know.

“This person not only knows these girls but is a regular that in the past has been trustworthy and now for whatever reason is striking back at them.

“I really hope they catch him before he gets any more girls.”

Anneli's body was found at Nacton on Sunday. Hers was the third body discovered.

New details of Anneli's tragic descent into the world of prostitution emerged today as her family remembered her as a beautiful, fun-loving woman and devoted young mother.

Anneli had once hoped to be a model. Instead her life descended into a nightmare mix of hard drugs, prison, prostitution and murder.

Ms Lowe, who was a year above Anneli at Copleston High, said: “Step sisters have their ups and downs but we kept in contact when she was in and out of Ipswich.

“She was very bright, very intelligent. She made you laugh. She was quite cheeky as a teenager. She was a really nice person.

“She fell into the wrong crowd not long after her dad died. If you're vulnerable, upset and grieving and if you fall into the wrong crowd you take a different path in life.

“She fell into this path of life not through any choice of their own. She shouldn't have been punished for it.”

Ms Lowe's mum Christine and Anneli's dad Roy became a couple in 1995 and Anneli and her new step-sister grew up together as teenagers.

They had spoken about Anneli's decision to begin working as a prostitute and Anni, as she was known to friends, was aware of the dangers.

Ms Lowe said: “There was an evening when I spotted her and I knew what she was going off to do.

“I said why are you dressed up like that on a Sunday?

“I said aren't you worried and she said 'of course I am'.

“She wasn't doing it all the time, it was on and off.

“I said 'it's a bit dangerous, do you not think you shouldn't be doing this' and she said 'look at the money'.”

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