Killer Dennehy sorry for stabbing strangers - but not for killing three men

Joanna Dennehy. Photo: Cambridgeshire police
Joanna Dennehy. Photo: Cambridgeshire police
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Friday 5pm: Serial killer Joanne Dennehy apologised for stabbing two strangers - but said she was not sorry for killing three Peterborough men in an outburst as she left court on the first day (14 February) of her sentencing.

Dennehy was joined in the dock by co defendants Gary Stretch, Leslie Layton and Robert Moore at Cambridge Crown Court today, as the prosecution outlined the facts behind her killing spree in the spring last year. She also stabbed two men, Robin Bereza and John Rogers, in Hereford.

Dennehy, who was handcuffed to one of ten dock officers during the day, was animated throughout the hearing, regularly laughing and talking to Stretch, Moore and other dock officers.

A number of jurors from the trial of Stretch and Layton had returned to court for the sentencing, and many were seen staring into the dock at the four defendants throughout the day.

Earlier update: Serial killer Dennehy appears in court grinning and chatting to her three accomplices, 2.20pm

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As she was lead away to the cells, she told her legal team she ‘was not in the mood’ to speak to them, before saying to the packed courtroom ‘I want you to know I am sorry for the attempted murders. I am not sorry for the murders.’

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting outlined how Dennehy had stabbed Luksaz Slaboszewski, John Chapman and Kevin Lee in a ten day spree during March last year.

The body of Mr Lee was found dressed in a black dress in a position described by Mr Wright as ‘humiliating’ - but Dennehy shouted from the back of the court ‘there was no sexual interference. It is hearsay I was going to rape him in a dress. I’d put him in a dress- it is humiliation, pure and simple. There was nothing sexual about it.’

Nigel Lickley, defending, handed a letter written by Dennehy to judge Mr Justice Spencer.

Mr Lickley said in the document, Dennehy expressed remorse over the two attempted murders in Hereford.

He also said Dennehy said she had not had an affair with Mr Lee, as had been claimed, and had not been in a relationship with any of the men involved in the case.

Mr Wright said the court could consider imposing a whole life prison term for Dennehy - but the court heard the was a judgement being made in the court of appeal which could affect if whole life terms could be given.

Mr Justice Spencer said it would be ‘wrong’ to sentence Dennehy before the outcome of the judgement is known, and the court heard the four defendants would be sentenced at the Old Bailey in London on a date to be confirmed, likely to be either February 27 or February 28.

However, Mr Lickley said Dennehy accepted whatever sentence was passed it was likely she would spend the rest of her life behind bars.

Dennehy (31) of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, pleaded guilty to three counts of murder, three counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body and two counts of attempted murder.

Stretch (47) of Riseholme, Peterborough pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder and three counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body. He was found guilty of all counts by a jury at Cambridge Crown Court earlier this week.

Layton (37) of Bifield, pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of Justice and two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body. He was also found guilty of all counts by the jury at the court.

Moore (56) of Belvoir Way, Welland Peterborough pleaded guilty to two counts of assisting an offender.

All are in custody,

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