Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Serial killer Joanna Dennehy dressed victim in black sequin dress after stabbing him through the heart
then dumped his body in a ditch
Killer: Dennehy and her victims
Serial killer Joanna Dennehy dressed a victim in a black sequin dress
after stabbing him through the heart, a court heard today.
Dennehy, 31, had been having an affair with Kevin Lee, 48, who told
how she had wanted to "dress me up and rape me" during their
She killed the married father-of-two and dumped his body in a ditch.
When his body was found, the married father-of-two was dressed in a
black sequin dress with his buttocks exposed.
Prosecutor Peter Wright QC told the court: "We say this was
deliberately engineered in an act of post-death humiliation."
Dennehy "cast a spell" over her victims before embarking on a 10-day
spree of violence, the court heard.
She 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, Mr 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, John Chapman, 56, and Mr Lee
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.
Mr Wright added that both Mr Slaboszewski and Mr Lee were also drawn
by Dennehy's spell.
"They paid for that with their lives," he added.
Dennehy met Mr Slaboszewski, a heroin addict, shortly before his death.
She lured him to a house in Rolleston Garth, Peterborough, with a
series of text messages on March 19 and he was never seen again, Mr
His body was kept in a wheelie bin before being transported to the
isolated Thorney Dyke.
Mr Wright told the court: "She even showed the body to a teenage girl
quite casually as it lay in the wheelie bin."
Mr Chapman and Mr Lee were both killed on March 29.
Mr Chapman, who served in the Falklands war with the Navy but had
fallen on hard times, lived in a bedsit in the same run-down property
as Dennehy in Bifield, Orton Goldhay.
Residents of the bedsits had dubbed her the "man woman" because of her
Mr Wright said Mr Chapman, under the influence of drink and drugs, was
"at the mercy" of Dennehy as she stabbed him to death in his bedsit.
Afterwards she invited the two defendants to the property and Layton
photographed Mr Chapman's body on his mobile phone, the court heard.
Mr Lee, a property manager who was having an affair with Dennehy, had
let the bedsit to Chapman.
He was described as being in love with Dennehy and had used her to
intimidate residents who would not do as he wished.
But he became her victim and was stabbed multiple times after visiting
her at the same address where Mr Slaboszewski died.
Mr Wright added that Dennehy and Stretch then drove across the country
seeking out further victims on April 2.
"Not satisfied with murdering three men in the east of the country,
Dennehy and Stretch set off by vehicle and made their way to
Hereford," he said.
"There they committed further acts of serious violence against two
entire strangers who just happened to come across their path."
After driving around Hereford searching for victims, Dennehy selected
Robin Bereza and John Rogers.
Mr Wright added: "They were people they had never met who just
happened to be on the street at the time.
"Both men were left for dead."
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.
Mr Lee's body was found by a dog walker in a ditch near Newborough on
March 30 and a farmer found the remaining two bodies four days later.
Dennehy, of Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to the murders
at the Old Bailey in November and is in custody awaiting sentencing.
She also admitted preventing the lawful and decent burial of all three
victims and two charges of attempting to murder.
Stretch, real name Gary Richards, 47, of Riseholme, Orton Goldhay,
Peterborough, has denied three charges of preventing the lawful burial
of all three men and two counts of attempted murder.
Standing at 7ft 3in tall, Stretch sat in the dock wearing a blue
t-shirt and a crucifix necklace listened to proceedings through a
Layton, 36, of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, has denied perverting the
course of justice and two counts of preventing the lawful burial of
the bodies of Mr Chapman and Mr Lee.
A third man, Robert Moore, 55, of Belvoir Way, Peterborough, has
admitted assisting an offender and is also awaiting sentence.
The case is expected to last up to four weeks.