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Ditch Killer: Pair Guilty Of Helping Dennehy
Two men have been found guilty of helping a female serial killer cover her tracks after three murders in Cambridgeshire.
Gary Stretch and Leslie Layton†both faced a number of charges after helping Joanna Dennehy dispose of the bodies of three men she killed in Peterborough.
Stretch was also convicted of helping her try to murder two others during a 10-day killing spree last year.
The court heard both Stretch and Layton helped her to move bodies to remote parts of Fenland countryside and cover up the killings by destroying evidence.
But their defence lawyers argued they had acted under duress, out of fear that they may be killed next.
But the jury at Cambridge Crown court decided that Stretch - a friend of Dennehy who towers over her at 7ft 3 - was guilty of three charges of preventing a lawful and decent burial.
They also found Stretch - who changed his surname from Richards by deed poll in recognition of his stature - guilty of two counts of attempted murder.
Layton, who lived in the flat above Dennehy, had been charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of two men and perverting the course of justice. The jury found him guilty on all counts.
After the verdicts, Chris McCann from the CPS said: "Joanna Dennehy is a sadistic serial killer with a fearsome personality.†
"Her accomplices not only fuelled her violence but also assisted her in these cruel crimes, by helping her dump their bodies."
In November last year, Dennehy surprised even her own defence barrister by pleading guilty to murdering three men in Peterborough and attempting to kill two other men in Hereford.
Her victims were Lucasz Slaboszewski, 31, John Chapman, 56, who lived in the same flats as Dennehy, and Kevin Lee, 48, her landlord and lover.
They had all been stabbed in the chest.
Mr Lee's body was the first to be found in a ditch by the A16 near Newborough.
The father-of-two's family said after the verdicts: "This has been an incomprehensibly difficult time for all the family as we try and come to terms with what has happened to Kevin.
"Nothing is the same now. This tragedy has shaken our lives to the core and we are devastated about how Kevin's life came to an end."
The bodies of Mr Slaboszewski and Mr Chapman were discovered four days after Mr Lee's. They were dumped in a field in Thorney outside Peterborough.
Dennehy also admitted the attempted murders of Robin Bereza and John Rogers, who she randomly selected and stabbed in the street in Hereford as they were out walking their dogs.
Both survived, despite horrific stab wounds.
Stretch was accused of helping her to choose her victims as they drove around Hereford while on the run from police.
During the three-week trial the jury was shown shocking "selfie" photos taken as Dennehy prepared to find more victims.
In one she is seen brandishing a large jagged knife, in another she is standing in a provocative pose while showing off the self-harm scars on her stomach.
The court heard how Dennehy had refused to answer any questions from police.
However psychiatric tests found that Dennehy suffers from paraphilia sadomasochism, or gaining sexual gratification from harming others.
She is currently being held at Bronzefield Prison in Surrey. The 31-year-old had boasted to friends that she had carried out the murders, called Stretch and said "oops, I've done it again" and jumped around in delight at seeing her face on the news.
She also compared herself and Stretch to Bonnie and Clyde, the notorious American crime couple.
A third man Robert Moore, 56, of Peterborough, has already admitted assisting an offender, by providing Dennehy with somewhere to stay. All four are likely to be sentenced later this month.
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