Woman in court over ditch bodies

A woman charged with stabbing to death three men whose bodies were found in ditches in isolated spots has appeared in court.

Joanna Dennehy, 31, of Bifield, Peterborough, is accused of three counts of murder after the bodies of Kevin Lee, 48, Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31 and John Chapman, 56, were discovered in Cambridgeshire.

Mr Lee, who was found in a ditch in Newborough on March 30 and Mr Chapman, found at Thorney Dyke on April 3 are both said to have been killed on March 29.

Mr Slaboszewski, also found at Thorney Dyke on April 3, is said to have been killed 10 days earlier.

Dennehy and three other defendants - all from Peterborough - appeared at the Old Bailey via video link.

She also faces two counts of attempted murder alongside Gary Stretch, 47, of Riseholme, Orton Goldhay.

The pair, who did not enter pleas, are also accused of preventing the lawful and decent burial of the three dead bodies.

Leslie Layton, 37, of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice and preventing the lawful and decent burial of Mr Lee and Mr Chapman.

Robert Moore, 55, of Belvoir Way, Dogsthorpe, entered not guilty pleas over two counts of assisting an offender.

Mr Justice Sweeney set a provisional trial date for January 14 next year at Cambridge Crown Court.

The defendants are due to appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing on November 18.