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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