Sunday 21 January 2018

Woman serial killer admits knife murder of three men

Murder victims Lukasz Slaboszewski and John Chapman died from multiple stab wounds on dates in March of this year
Murder victims Lukasz Slaboszewski and John Chapman died from multiple stab wounds on dates in March of this year
John Chapman

Hayley Dixon

A female serial killer has admitted murdering three men before dumping their bodies in ditches.

Joanna Dennehy admitted killing Kevin Lee (48), Lukasz Slaboszewski (31) and John Chapman (56) who were found with multiple stab wounds between March and April.

Mr Lee's body was discovered dumped in a ditch in Newborough, Cambridgeshire, on March 30, and her other two victims were found a short distance away at Thorney Dyke.

Dennehy (30) also admitted the attempted murders of two other men, John Rogers and Robin Bereza.

The pleas appeared to take her defence barrister Nigel Lickley by surprise.

Mr Lickley said: "This course is not one I had anticipated. We ask for more time given what has just occurred."

Dennehy said she did not want to talk to anyone and added: "I have pleaded guilty and that's it."

She also pleaded guilty to three counts of preventing the lawful burial of the victims.

Her partner, 7ft 3ins tall Gary Stretch (47), denied the two attempted murders and helping Dennehy to dump the bodies.

Leslie Layton (47) and Robert Moore (55) have previously denied helping to cover up the alleged murders and harbouring Mr Stretch and Dennehy when they were wanted by police.

Their trial is due to start in January.

WOUNDS

Property developer Mr Lee was discovered on March 30 by the A16 at Newborough. A post-mortem examination later showed he died from stab wounds to the chest.

Four days later, on April 3, police were called to a field near Peterborough, after a member of the public stumbled across the bodies of Lukasz Slaboszewski and John Chapman.

Mr Slaboszewski had been stabbed in the heart. John Chapman was stabbed in the neck and chest.

It is said Mr Slaboszewski was murdered between March 19 and 29, while both Mr Chapman and Mr Lee were allegedly killed on March 29.

Mr Justice Sweeney noted of Dennehy's plea: "In the circumstances if there is to be any application for a change then I will consider it, but otherwise she has pleaded guilty."

He ordered Dennehy's defence team to notify the court by Monday of any application to vacate the pleas entered.

All defendants are in custody. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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