Sadistic serial killer ‘manipulated’ her two accomplices

 Joanna Dennehy: Boasted over killings.

Two men in the “thrall” of “sadistic” serial killer Joanna Dennehy have been convicted of offences related to her killing spree.

Gary Stretch and Leslie Layton were “manipulated” by psychopath Dennehy who murdered Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, Kevin Lee, 48, and John Chapman, 56, in and around Peterborough over a 10-day period.

Stretch, 47, was found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court of the attempted murder of dog walker Robin Bereza, while Layton, 36, was convicted of preventing the lawful burial of two murder victims.

Prosecutors said the men, who had already been found guilty of other offences relating to Dennehy’s attacks in March last year, “revelled in bringing suffering and misery upon their victims and showed no remorse for their atrocious acts”.

Dennehy, 31, had previously pleaded guilty to the killings as well as admitting the attempted murders of two dog walkers, John Rogers and Mr Bereza.

All three will be sentenced at a later date along with a third man, Robert Moore, 55, of Belvoir Way, Peterborough, who previously admitted assisting an offender.

After the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brunning, who led the investigation, said: “She manipulated these men into doing things she wanted.”

On Monday jurors at Cambridge Crown Court found Stretch guilty of three counts of preventing the lawful burial of a body and another count of attempted murder on Mr Rogers in Hereford on April 2. Layton was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

During the trial, prosecutors said Dennehy “cast a spell” over her alleged accomplices as she killed “for fun”.

Dennehy, of Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, was likened to “Uma Thurman from Kill Bill and the woman from The Terminator by married father-of-two Mr Lee shortly before his death.

At the height of a nationwide man-hunt, she bragged to one witness that she had killed eight people — although no further murders have been detected.

All of the murder victims died from multiple stab injuries, including wounds to the heart.

After his death at a house in Rolleston Garth, Peterborough, around March 19, the body of Mr Slaboszewski was stored in a wheelie bin. At one point Dennehy showed the body to a teenage girl, prosecutor Peter Wright QC told the court.

Along with Mr Chapman, who was killed in the block of bedsits he shared with Dennehy in Bifield on March 29, his body was later dumped in a ditch near Thorney Dyke.

Mr Lee was also killed on March 29 in the same house as Mr Slaboszewski.

His body was found wearing a black sequin dress and positioned in a sexual pose in a separate ditch near Newborough, in what Mr Wright described as a “final act of humiliation”.

After the Peterborough killings, Dennehy had bragged that she and Stretch were “like Bonnie and Clyde”.

In Hereford the diagnosed psychopath randomly selected and repeatedly stabbed two dog walkers — Mr Bereza and Mr Rogers — in the street. Both survived despite suffering critical injuries.

Describing the involvement of the two defendants, Mr Wright said both had been “willing and able” participants in the plot.


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