Cambridgeshire

Peterborough murders: Defendants will not give evidence

Lukasz Slaboszewski (l), John Chapman (c) and Kevin Lee (r) were found in ditches
The bodies of (l to r) Lukasz Slaboszewski, John Chapman and Kevin Lee were found in Cambridgeshire

Two men accused of assisting multiple killer Joanna Dennehy will not give evidence at their trial.

Dennehy, 31, has admitted stabbing three men and dumping their bodies in ditches in Cambridgeshire.

At Cambridge Crown Court Gary Stretch, 47, denies two counts of attempted murder. Leslie Layton, 36, has denied perverting the course of justice.

Both are also accused of preventing lawful burial. The court was told no other defence witnesses will be called.

The bodies of Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, John Chapman, 56, and Kevin Lee, 48, were found dumped in ditches near Peterborough in March and April.

'Run a mile'

Dennehy, who is in custody awaiting sentence, has pleaded guilty to murdering the men and attempting to murder two other men in Hereford.

Closing the case for the prosecution, Andrew Jackson read out a transcript of a telephone conversation between Mr Stretch and his ex-partner and mother of his three children, Julie Gibbons.

In the recording, made while he was on remand, Mr Stretch is heard telling her that Dennehy had been charged with the three murders.

Joanna Dennehy has admitted three murders and two attempted murders. She took this "selfie" image while on the run from police

When she asked why, Mr Stretch replied: "Well she's just that way. You know what I mean, she's off her head."

Ms Gibbons told him he "should have run a mile".

The court has previously heard police interviews carried out with Mr Layton, of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, in which he said he was frightened of Dennehy.

A third man, Robert Moore, 55, of Belvoir Way, also Peterborough, has admitted assisting an offender and is also awaiting sentence.

The case was adjourned with closing speeches expected to begin on Thursday.

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