Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Ipswich Murders Trial - Day 22

Timothy Langdale Q.C started his closing statement for the defence late yesterday afternoon, spoke for just over an hour and then continued today (Friday).

He does a good job in pointing out the nagging little doubts and uncertainties that accompany any case built entirely on circumstantial evidence. For instance:

The way the prosecution admitted several times that Wright may not have acted alone.

The fact that several prostitutes had sex with Steve Wright during his alleged 'killing spree' and were completely unharmed and didn't feel in any danger at all.

The fact that the number of prostitutes in Ipswich is small, so the chance of having sex with one the victims is actually quite high.

The strange way that all the victims had used powerful drugs recently before they died, yet there isn't a scrap of evidence linking Steve Wright with any kind of illegal drugs at all - as a user or a supplier, or as an expert in their use.

The way that two of the victims were found naked in water, whilst the other three were found on dry land in a different area, and two had been 'posed.' Is this really the work of the same killer?

There's no evidence that Wright took walks in the countryside, in fact apart from driving past the locations, there no evidence Wright knew them at all.

Wright is supposed to be a careful cunning killer, yet he apparently wears a high vis jacket when disposing of the bodies - it's hard to think of a worse choice of clothing for secretive activities at night.

Similarly, Wright seems a pretty ordinary sort of guy, yet he's somehow managed to conceal or destroy the clothing of all his victims, despite the most intensive police search for them.

Various witness statements (including the two I heard 'live' on Wednesday) that have victims alive and well when they should be either dead or about to be killed.

The fact that the fibre evidence consisted of a tiny sub-set from hundreds of fibres which haven't been traced.

Finally there's the troubling presence of Tom Stephens, DNA clean but otherwise eccentric and disturbed, with no alibi for the days when the girls went missing...


Around noon on Monday, the judge will sum up the case and hopefully put some weight on the various types of evidence heard.



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