Serial killer Joanna Dennehy given whole-life jail term

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy was sentenced at the Old Bailey today to a whole-life prison term after admitting three murders and two attempted murders.

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Dennehy: Third woman handed whole-life jail term

Triple killer Joanna Dennehy has become the 55th person to be given a whole-life jail term and only the third woman.

Dennehy, 31, pleaded guilty to murdering three men and attempting to kill two others.

As her jail term was handed down at the Old Bailey she became the first woman to be given such a sentence by a judge.

Myra Hindley was jailed for life with no minimum. Credit: PA

The two other female killers, who were ordered to die in jail by home secretaries, were Myra Hindley and Rosemary West.

Hindley was jailed for life with no minimum after a 15-day trial in 1966 with her lover Ian Brady, and was once dubbed by the tabloid press "the most hated woman in Britain".

Rosemary West. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

West was convicted for a killing spree with husband Fred, that saw 10 young women murdered.

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Dennehy accomplice Gary Stretch sentenced to life

Accomplice to Joanne Dennehy Gary Stretch has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 19 years for attempted murder.

Gary Stretch. Credit: Police handout

Stretch, formerly known as Gary Richards, was convicted of three counts of preventing lawful and decent burial and two attempted murders following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

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Judge: Dennehy a 'cruel' and 'calculating serial killer'

A judge told Joanna Dennehy she was "a cruel, calculating, selfish and manipulative serial killer" as he sentenced the 31-year-old at the Old Bailey.

Dennehy was ordered to serve the rest of her life in prison for murdering three men before attempting to kill two others.

Judge Mr Justice Spencer. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

She laughed and smirked as Mr Justice Spencer delivered his sentencing remarks.

Dennehy pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the murders of Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, Kevin Lee, 48, and John Chapman, 56, in and around Peterborough over a 10-day period last March.

Detectives launched a nationwide hunt to find her after the bodies were discovered in remote ditches in Cambridgeshire but she went on to drive 140 miles to Hereford where she repeatedly stabbed two dog walkers.

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Killer Dennehy laughed and smiled as she entered court

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy, who murdered three men before randomly selecting and repeatedly stabbing two others last year, laughed and smiled as she arrived in the dock to be sentenced.

Joanna Dennehy admitted killing three men over a 10-day period.

The 31-year-old was wearing a pink Adidas vest top, which revealed visible scarring to her upper arms, and looked relaxed as she was led into London's Old Bailey.

She interrupted her own mitigation to talk to one of her barristers, repeatedly shaking her head in apparent displeasure.

Nigel Lickley QC, representing Dennehy, said she recognised her crimes were "exceptionally serious" and added that the serial killer had not intended to "embarrass or humiliate" her victims.

He said: "The three men who were killed were not strangers to her. They were killed by a limited number of stab wounds. In essence the crimes are aggravated by the number of offences and the attempted murders."

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy to be sentenced

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy, who murdered three men in and around Peterborough over a 10-day period in March last year, will be sentenced today.

Joanna Dennehy admitted killing three men over a 10-day period.

Dennehy, of Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, previously admitted the murders of Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, Kevin Lee, 48, and John Chapman, 56 who all died from multiple stab wounds.

The 31-year-old will appear before at the Old Bailey this morning.

Her accomplices Gary Stretch and Leslie Layton will also be sentenced, as well as a third man, Robert Moore.

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