A 48-year-old man charged with killing five prostitutes in eastern England will remain in custody until May, a judge decided Tuesday.

Steve Wright, a former forklift driver, appeared briefly in Ipswich's Crown Court before Judge John Devaux on the murder charges. He did not enter a plea, and did not ask for bail.

Wright was charged on Dec. 21 with the murders of Gemma Adams, 25, Tania Nicol, 19, Anneli Alderton, 24, Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, 29.

Their bodies were found in rural areas around Ipswich, 70 miles northeast of London, in an 11-day period in early December.