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Ditch Killer Joanna Dennehy 'Grabbed My Throat'
A man accused of helping to dispose of three bodies told his housemate how the murderer threatened to kill one of her victims before his death, a court has heard.
Carla White told Cambridge Crown Court that Gary Stretch, 47, had explained that Joanna Dennehy "would ****ing kill" Kevin Lee because he owed her money.
Mr Lee, 48, is one of three men whose bodies were found dumped in ditches in Cambridgeshire in March and April last year.
The others were Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, and John Chapman, 56. Dennehy, 31, admitted stabbing the three men during a hearing at the Old Bailey in November.
Stretch, real name Gary Richards, has denied three charges of preventing the lawful burial of the men and two counts of attempted murder.
Ms White, who had just begun sharing a house with Stretch in Riseholme, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, told the court about the first time she met Dennehy, also known as Star because of a tattoo on her face.
"She was very rude, very arrogant," she said.
"I introduced myself to her, shook her hand and she told me to 'eff off' and she didn't want anything to do with me.
"I'm a bit feisty so I got in her face a bit."
Ms White told the court that Dennehy put her hand around her throat.
"I had a hammer nearby so I held the hammer out," she said.
"She proceeded to let go of my throat and apologised."
Ms White said Mr Lee had witnessed the incident but did not react.
"He seemed to follow her around a bit like a lapdog," she said.
Within days, Mr Lee was dead.
The court also heard from Kieran James, who was cycling home at around 11.15pm when he spotted Gary Stretch emerging from Dennehy's home in Bifield, Orton Goldhay, carrying a bag in his arms.
Mr James said: "It was bigger than your average black bin bag ... It seemed fairly heavy."
He told the jury that as the bag was put in the boot of a car "the suspension went down on the vehicle" and "there were some other black carrier bags and bin liners" already in there.
He told police this happened on March 29, the day John Chapman and Kevin Lee are both thought to have been killed.
Dennehy also pleaded guilty to two charges of attempted murder after violent attacks on two strangers in Hereford on April 2.
Stretch, who is 7'3", is accused of driving around looking for victims with her.
Another defendant, Leslie Layton, 36, of Orton Goldhay, denies perverting the course of justice and two counts of preventing the lawful burial of two bodies.
The case continues.
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