Friday, January 18, 2008

The Ipswich Murders Trial - Day 4

The prosecution wrapped up it’s opening statement yesterday – more forensic DNA type stuff, followed (wisely) by the admission that they won’t be putting forward a motive. Motive is always tricky with serial killers, they often can’t explain it (or won’t admit it) themselves.

Timothy Langdale QC is leading the defence. As expected, Steve Wright admits having sex with four of the victims but denies killing them.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the prosecution makes it’s case when it’s up against this unusual defence. How to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Steve Wright is the killer? Most of the DNA evidence supports close physical contact but doesn’t actually show murder.

There is one other piece of circumstantial evidence that the jury will know. If the killer isn’t Steve Wright, then how come the killings stopped the moment he was arrested?

Today everyone takes a hard earned rest, while matters resume on Monday when the jury gets a morbid little field trip to the patches of scrubby woodland and streams where the bodies were found.



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