Wright recalls the night he met Gemma

STEVE Wright has recalled the time he picked up Gemma Adams - one of five women he is accused of murdering - from Ipswich's red light district.

STEVE Wright has recalled the time he picked up Gemma Adams - one of five women he is accused of murdering - from Ipswich's red light district.

The 49-year-old, who denies murdering Miss Adams, told Ipswich Crown Court this morning that he could not remember 100% when he met her - but thought it may have been on the night of November 13-14 or 14-15.

It is alleged Miss Adams disappeared at some point on November 14 or in the early hours of the November 15.

Wright said he picked Miss Adams up in his car and she told him to go just off Wherstead Road.

The court heard that Wright had sex with Miss Adams on the back seat of his car and that both he and Miss Adams were partially clothed.

Wright said that when in the car they pulled over and first discussed money and she told him to lock the car doors.

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He said it was not something he had done before when he had sex with a prostitute in a car but she had requested it.

After they had sex he leant over to the front door of the car to take out a pair of gloves, which he then used to remove the condom.

He then got out of the car to dispose of the condom. At this point Miss Adams was still in the back of the car.

Wright said that he went to get back in the car but forgot it was locked and the alarm went off.

He then got back into the car to turn the alarm off and got back into the driver's seat.

Miss Adams then went into the front passenger side, he said.

Wright then drove Miss Adams back to Handford Road and dropped her off, the court heard.

Defence counsel Timothy Langdale QC said a red acrylic fibre was found in the hair of Miss Adams. The same type of fibre was found in Wright's coat and Lotto tracksuit bottoms as well as in his car.

Wright said he could think of no item at his home that would contain that type of red acrylic.

Mr Langdale said blue polyester fibres were also found on the tracksuit bottoms and Wright's fluorescent jacket.

He said that no items found at Wright's home corresponded to these fibres. Wright said the blue fibres “meant nothing to him”.

When asked when he met Miss Adams, Wright said he could not remember a definite time, only that it was some time after midnight, possibly on the night of November 13 to 14 or November 14 to 15.

Mr Langdale said that if Wright had met Miss Adams on the night of the 14 to 15 it could not have been between midnight and 1am as a previous witness, Mr C, had said he had been with Miss Adams between midnight and shortly before 12.45pm that night. Wright agreed.

Wright said it “must have been” after 12.45pm if he had met her that night.

Wright said that he spent between 30 minutes and 45 minutes with Miss Adams.

Forklift truck driver Wright, 49, of London Road, Ipswich, denies murdering Tania Nicol, 19, Paula Clennell, 24, Anneli Alderton, 24, Gemma Adams, 25, and Annette Nicholls, 29, between October 29 and December 13, 2006.

The trial continues.

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