Gasps of relief as Wright found guilty

Relatives of some of the murdered sex workers gasped with relief today when Steve Wright was convicted of the Ipswich red light killings.When the foreman of the jury responded guilty to the question of their verdict on the count of Tania Nicol the relatives let out several gasps.

Relatives of some of the murdered sex workers gasped with relief today when Steve Wright was convicted of the Ipswich red light killings.

When the foreman of the jury responded guilty to the question of their verdict on the count of Tania Nicol the relatives let out several gasps.

The foreman then went on to announce the jury had reached unanimous verdicts of guilty on the remaining four counts.

Many of the relatives were in tears as the verdicts were read out. One put their head on the shoulder of a Police family liaison officer.


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Present were relatives of Tania Nicol's family, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell, also in court was David Wright, Steve Wright's brother.

When the foreman read out the first guilty verdict Steve Wright's face turned to show dismay.

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He then showed little emotion as the other verdicts were read out but as the gravity of the situation became obvious he looked to the floor and placed his elbows on his knees.

For much of the remainder of the proceedings he continued to look downwards. At one stage he loosened his tie. When the court rose as Mr Justice Gross left the court Wright was the only one who remained seated.

He did so for several seconds before finally standing and once the judge had left the room he was then led from the court.

Outside the court Wright's brother, David, broke down and was comforted by his wife.

Wright will be sentenced tomorrow at 10.30am at Ipswich Crown Court.

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