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Suffolk jury retires for verdict
The victims, clockwise from top, Annette Nicholls, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell, Gemma Adams and Tania Nicol
The five women were found dead around Ipswich in December 2006
The jury in the trial of Steve Wright, who is accused of murdering five women in 2006, has retired to consider its verdict.

Mr Wright, 49, of Ipswich, denies killing the women, who all worked as prostitutes in the town.

Mr Justice Gross began summing up the evidence from the six-week long trial at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday.

He told jurors that the process of summarising evidence was important for them to build up a "jigsaw".

The naked bodies of Gemma Adams, 25, Tania Nicol, 19, Anneli Alderton, 24, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29, were found over a 10-day period in December 2006.

Your sympathy... must not sway you
Mr Justice Gross

Jurors had heard how forensic analysis revealed Mr Wright's DNA on three of the women and fibres were found which linked him to all the women.

Jurors were reminded to cast aside any emotion and only assess the evidence.

Mr Justice Gross said he wanted a unanimous verdict not a majority one.

He told jurors if the time came when he could accept a majority verdict he would call them into court and give them further direction.

On Tuesday he told them: "The loss of these five young lives is clearly a tragedy. You are likely to have sympathy for the deceased and their families.

Steve Wright
Steve Wright, 49, denies killing the five women

"Your sympathy... must not sway you."

"You may view with some distaste the lifestyles of those involved... whatever the drugs they took, whatever the work they did, no-one is entitled to do these women any harm, let alone kill them."

During his summary of evidence, Mr Justice Gross reminded jurors how Mr Wright had been unsteady on his feet at the time of his arrest, and of the other man arrested but released without charge.

He said Tom Stephens was not on trial, but neither the defence nor prosecution could rule him out of the inquiry.

Jurors were sent home for the night after failing to reach a verdict.

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