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Ditch killer Joanna Dennehy stands by her guilty pleas to murdering three men


A female serial killer who has admitted murdering three men will stand by her guilty pleas.

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

Joanna Dennehy, 31, of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to the murders at the Old Bailey but lawyers were granted time to apply to change these pleas after the court heard they were "unexpected".

They have now confirmed to the court that no such application will be made either now or in future.

After entering her pleas, Dennehy told the judge, Mr Justice Sweeney: "I've pleaded guilty, and that's that."

But her barrister, Nigel Lickley QC, said: "The course of the arraignment is not one we had anticipated."

The bodies of the victims were found in March and April. All three had been stabbed.

Dennehy also admitted "preventing the lawful and decent burial" of all three murder victims and two charges of attempting to murder two other men.

Gary Richards, 47, of Riseholme, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, also known as Gary Stretch, will stand trial after denying three charges of preventing the lawful burial of the bodies of Mr Slaboszewski, Mr Lee and Mr Chapman.

He also denied attempting to murder the two other men.

Leslie Layton, 36, of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing, while Robert Moore, 55, of Belvoir Way, Peterborough, denied assisting an offender.