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  • 21 January 2014, 13:57

Ditch Killer 'Posed For Photos Before Attacks'

Images taken hours before Joanna Dennehy set out to stab two victims have emerged in the trial of her alleged accomplices.

The court was shown the series of photographs as associates of the accused gave evidence in the trial of Gary Richards, 47, and Leslie Layton, 36, at Cambridge Crown Court.

The pictures were believed to have been taken by Richards hours before he allegedly accompanied Dennehy to Hereford where she stabbed two men in broad daylight.

Robin Bereza, 64, and John Rogers, 56, suffered multiple stab wounds while walking their dogs on two separate streets. They survived the attacks with serious injuries.

At the time the photos were taken the 31-year-old was on the run from police after killing three other men and dumping their bodies in ditches near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

One shows Dennehy sticking out her tongue while posing with a large jagged knife. She has handcuffs attached to her belt. 

Another shows her lifting up her top to reveal a red bra and scars on her stomach, reportedly inflicted through self-harm.

Pictures of Richards copying her pose were also shown to the court.

Dennehy, of Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, has admitted murdering Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, John Chapman, 56, and Kevin Lee, 48, whose bodies were discovered in March and April last year.

She has also admitted the attempted murder of Mr Bereza and Mr Rogers and preventing the lawful and decent burial of all three murder victims.

The accused are charged with helping Dennehy dispose of the bodies and covering up her crime

Richards, nicknamed 'Stretch,' denies three charges of preventing the lawful burial of three men and two counts of attempted murder.

Layton denies perverting the course of justice and two counts of preventing the lawful burial of the bodies of Mr Chapman and Mr Lee.

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