Timeline of police Operation Darcy into murders of three Peterborough men from 2013: Joanne Dennehy will never be released from jail after receiving a whole life prison term for killing Kevin Lee, Lucasz Slaboszewski and John Chapman.
12 February 2014: Two men, Gary Stretch and Leslie Layton found guilty on all charges of assisting killer Joanne Dennehy -
Joanne Dennehy’s terrifying killing spree started in March 2013:
Dennehy, of Bifield, Peterborough, murdered Lukasz Slaboszewski on 19 March at Rolleston Garth, Peterborough.
After stabbing the 31-year-old to death, his body was put in a green wheelie bin where it was kept before it was discovered dumped on farmland at Thorney Dyke on 3 April.
Stretch, (47), of Riseholme, Peterborough, was convicted of helping her move his body.
The body of John Chapman, (57), was also found at the same time nearby. He had been stabbed to death on 29 March at Bifield, Peterborough.
Stretch and Layton, (37), of Bifield, had helped Dennehy remove Mr Chapman’s body from the house and dump it at Thorney Dyke.
Dennehy’s third victim, and the first body to be found, was Kevin Lee, 49, from Fletton, who ran a lettings agency in Peterborough and was the landlord for the Bifield and Rolleston Garth properties.
He was reported missing by his family on 29 March. He was last seen buying CDs from HMV in Peterborough before going to meet Dennehy.
His body was found on farmland at Newborough by a dog walker, on 30 March, and his Ford Mondeo was later found burned out.
A murder investigation was launched and Dennehy and Stretch were quickly identified as having been involved. A wanted appeal was issued for the pair.
On March 30, Dennehy and Stretch spent the night with Robert Moore at Belvoir Way, Peterborough. Moore later lied to police about their whereabouts and told the pair about developments into the murder investigation.
Dennehy and Stretch left the Peterborough area on March 31. Layton was arrested on 1 April.
By 2 April, while on the run from police, Dennehy and Stretch committed two burglaries in Herefordshire. They then drove around Hereford looking for people to kill, selecting victims at random.
At about 3.40pm, Dennehy got out of the car being driven by Stretch and stabbed Robin Bereza, (63), who had been walking his dog, on Westfaling Street.
Less than 15 minutes later, having left Mr Bereza for dead, Stretch selected John Rogers, (56), who was walking his dog along a footpath between Golden Post and the Belmont estate. Dennehy stabbed him repeatedly before stealing his dog, Archie.
Stretch and Dennehy were arrested soon after and the green Vauxhall Astra was seized by police. The dog was recovered alive and well.
The bodies of Mr Chapman and Slaboszewski were found the following day (3 April).
Timeline of events: more detail and links -
Tuesday 19 March: Last sighting of Lucasz Slaboszewski alive.
Friday 29 March:
Last sighting of John Chapman alive.
2pm: Last sighting of Kevin Lee alive.
9pm: Mr Lee’s car is discovered burnt out near a farm in Great Drove, Yaxley.
10.40pm: Mr Lee is reported missing to the police.
Saturday 30 March:
Sunday 31 March: 23-year-old man arrested in connection with Mr Lee’s murder.
Monday 1 April: 32-year-old man and 36-year-old man also arrested in connection with Mr Lee’s murder.
Tuesday 2 April: Two men are injured in an alleged stabbing in Hereford. Two more people, a 47-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, are also arrested in connection with Kevin Lee murder probe
Wednesday 3 April:
10am: Leslie Layton, (36), of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, appears at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court charged with perverting the course of justice.
He was remanded in custody, due to appear on 10th April.
- Detectives launched Operation Darcy following the discovery of Mr Lee’s body and have since arrested five people in connection with the crime.
A 32-year-old man and a 23-year-old man also arrested in connection with the murder over the weekend released on bail.
5pm: Police announce that two bodies have been found in dykes in Thorney, near Peterborough, but say it is too early to identify them or reveal how they died.
Thursday 4 April, from the Peterborough Telegraph:
Friday 5 April:
An address in Rolleston Garth, Welland remains cordoned off as part of the investigation - Welland: Neighbours’ shock at police search of home
Police release identity of murdered men, named as John Chapman, 56, of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, and Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, from Peterborough.
Gary Stretch is charged with assisting an offender in relation to the Hereford incident.
Saturday 6 April:
Sunday 7 April:
Monday 8 April:
Wednesday 10 April:
Leslie Layton appears at Peterborough Crown Court and is remanded in custody until June 20. First crown court appearance in triple murder investigation
Thursday 11 April:
Saturday 13 April:
Robert Moore, 55, of Belvoir Way, Peterborough charged with assisting an offender in connection with a triple murder inquiry in Peterborough.
Monday 15 April:
Joanne Dennehy is charged with two counts of attempted murder in relation to the Hereford incident on 2 April.
Monday 22 April:
14/15 January 2014:
Case begins at Cambridge Crown Court of Gary Stretch and Leslie Layton, accused of helping Dennehy dispose of the bodies,:
10 February: Men guilty of helping serial killer Joanne Dennehy
Gary Stretch was convicted of helping Dennehy dump the bodies of her victims.
Stretch was found guilty of one count of attempted murder, relating to the attack on Mr John Rogers in Hereford.
Leslie Layton was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
Jury are continuing to deliberate on further counts against both Stretch and Layton.
14 February: sentencing - Killer Dennehy sorry for stabbing strangers - but not for killing three men
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