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Friend ‘scared’ when serial killer visited King’s Lynn

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A Lynn woman has told a jury how she was “scared” of a friend who visited her home after she had murdered three men and dumped their bodies in ditches.

Joanna Dennehy, of Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, is currently awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to three counts of murder and preventing the lawful and decent burial of her victims at the Old Bailey last November.

She also admitted the attempted murders of two other men in Hereford.

Now, the trial of two men who are accused of assisting Dennehy in her killing spree has heard evidence that she and one of the defendants, Gary Stretch, went to the Lynn home of Georgina Page after the killings took place in March last year.

The court was told that the pair had visited Ms Page on March 31, 2013, the day after the body of one of the victims, 48-year-old Kevin Lee, was discovered.

The remains of the other victims, Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, and John Chapman, 56, who was Dennehy’s housemate, were discovered three days later on April 3.

All three men had been dumped in ditches outside Peterborough.

Ms Page, a grandmother, told Cambridge Crown Court that she and Dennehy became friends while serving jail sentences together.

She said she next saw her former cell mate when she and Stretch turned up on her doorstep.

She told the jury: “When I was inside with her she wasn’t a murderer or nothing.

“At first I didn’t believe her. I was very shocked. I was scared, I didn’t know what to do.”

The court also heard that during the pair’s stay at Ms Page’s house, Dennehy was “jumping around” in delight at seeing her face on the news.

Ms Page said the killer downed whisky and ate a ham sandwich while bragging about her violent acts.

She said: “I was terrified. Stretch turned round and said that if anyone grassed on them he would get his dad to sort them out.

“Joanna was talking about something and saying ‘you know we’re going to get caught and sent to jail for a long time’.”

She also said Dennehy told her that she “wanted to be caught like Bonnie and Clyde.”

Stretch, 47, whose real name is Gary Richards, denies, three counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body and two counts of attempted murder.

His co-accused, Leslie Layton, 37, denies two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body and one count of perverting the course of justice.

A third man, Robert Moore, 56, of Peterborough, has already admitted offences in relation to the killings and is awaiting sentence. The case continues.

 

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