Sunday 24 September 2017

Killer 'cast a spell' on her victims

Ben Kendall

Female serial killer Joanna Dennehy "cast a spell" over her victims before embarking on a 10-day spree of violence, a court has heard.

Dennehy (31, right) has admitted stabbing three men in the heart and dumping their bodies in ditches in Cambridgeshire but, until now, little has been known about the killings.

As the trial of her alleged accomplices, Gary Stretch and Leslie Layton, began, prosecutor Peter Wright QC said both men helped Dennehy in her bid to cover up the "terrible truth" of the murders. He added: "These men came under the spell of Dennehy."

The bodies of Lukasz Slaboszewski (31), Kevin Lee (48) and John Chapman (56) were found dumped in ditches in March and April last year.

The prosecutor described how, after the killings, Dennehy and Stretch drove to Hereford where they selected two other men at random. She repeatedly stabbed them both in the street but both survived.

Describing the involvement of the two defendants, Mr Wright said: "Joanna Dennehy may have been the killer but Gary Stretch was able to act as her willing accomplice in disposing of their bodies and was comfortable in her company."

He added that Layton had also been a willing participant who took steps to distance Dennehy from responsibility for the murders.

Irish Independent

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