Wednesday 20 November 2019

Serial killer laughs as she is told you'll die in prison

Joanna Dennehy, who murdered three men before randomly selecting and repeatedly stabbing two others last year
Joanna Dennehy, who murdered three men before randomly selecting and repeatedly stabbing two others last year

Claire Duffin

Joanna Dennehy the 31-year-old, British serial killer who admitted she found killing "more-ish", laughed as she was told she would die behind bars for murdering three men yesterday.

She has joined the ranks of Rose West and Moors murderer Myra Hyndley when she became only the third woman in the UK to be given a 'whole life' jail term.

West, who was convicted of 10 murders in 1995, and Hyndley, who died in 2002, are the only other women given whole life terms.

However their sentences were imposed by the British home secretary of the day, making Dennehy the first woman to have one imposed by a judge.

Jailing her, Mr Justice Spencer said she was a "a cruel, calculating, selfish and manipulative serial killer".

He also revealed that she had told a prison psychiatrist she killed to "see how I would feel" and continued when it "got moreish".

Dennehy, of Peterborough, murdered her victims – Lukasz Slaboszewski (31) Kevin Lee (48) and John Chapman (56) – in March last year. She then dumped their bodies in ditches with the help of two male accomplices who were said to be enthralled by her.

Police launched a nationwide manhunt when they discovered the bodies of Dennehy's landlord and two tenants – who had all been stabbed repeatedly through the heart – in Cambridgeshire.

It is thought Dennehy, who had a predilection for "coupling sexual activity with acts of violence", had lured them to their death with the promise of sex.

She then drove 180km to Hereford where she repeatedly stabbed two dog walkers, chosen at random.

Mr Lee's wife Christina was in court along with their children Chiara (25) and Dino (15).

Afterwards they said in a statement: "We feel Joanna Dennehy brainwashed Kevin, causing him to make a bad decision, and he has paid for that with his life."

Robin Bereza, a retired firefighter who also attended the hearing, was one of the men who survived the Hereford attacks. He described Dennehy as "evil".

Addressing Dennehy, who has been diagnosed with various psychopathic disorders, the judge said she killed in "cold blood". "Although you pleaded guilty, you've made it quite clear you have no remorse," he said.

Gary Stretch (47) also of Peterborough, and thought to be Britain's tallest serving prisoner at 7ft 3ins, was found guilty of the attempted murder of Mr Bereza and John Rogers after helping Dennehy select her victims in Hereford.

Stretch yawned loudly as he was told to stand for sentencing. The judge ordered him to serve life in prison, with a minimum term of 19 years. The other accomplice, Leslie Layton, was jailed for 14 years.

Dennehy was brought up in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, and dreamt of being a lawyer but ran away from home as a teenager and sunk into a life of drug addiction and petty crime.

DCI Martin Brunning from Cambridgeshire Police, said: "We saw what sort of person Dennehy is today, constantly smiling in front of bereaved families.

She showed utter disrespect for everything and everyone in that courtroom.

"The fact that she will not see daylight again is a huge comfort for the families. It is absolutely the right thing that she will not come out of prison."

(©Daily Telegraph, London)

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