Serial killer Joanna Dennehy loses compensation claim

Peterborough serial killer Joanna Dennehy has lost her claim for human rights violations after she was placed in solitary confinement.

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Peterborough MP 'astonished' killer's compensation bid made it to court

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson says he can't believe triple murderer Joanna Dennehy was able to make a claim for damages after she said her human rights had been violated.

Dennehy said she'd been "unfairly" treated and had been left "tearful and upset" after being placed in solitary confinement.

In the end, her appeal was thrown out in the High Court in a matter of minutes but Jackson believes the hearing was a waste of time and money.

The fact is, she's incarcerated in that way because she's one of the most dangerous female prisoners in the whole of the country.

I'm astonished, and people will be angry, that public money has been spent on a case that should never have got this far.

– Stewart Jackson, Peterborough MP

Murderer Dennehy plotted to 'kill prison guard and use her finger prints'

Joanna Dennehy was jailed for life in 2014. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A Justice Department barrister has told the High Court how Peterborough serial killer Joanna Dennehy planned to kill a female prison guard and use her finger prints to escape.

Dennehy had hoped to claim damages after she was placed in solitary confinement following the discovery of a 'credible' escape plot.

She claimed she'd been "unfairly" treated and had been left "tearful and upset."

That appeal was swiftly rejected at the High Court this morning as details of her apparent plan were revealed.

Dennehy was segregated because a credible escape plan involving her and two other prisoners had been uncovered.

A written plan was located in her cell with detailed plans involving killing a female officer to obtain her keys and to utilise her finger prints in order to deceive the biometric systems.

She was placed on the escape list, which involved the wearing of an escape suit.

– Tom Weisselberg QC, Justice Department barrister

The 33-year-old was given a whole-life term in 2014 at the Old Bailey for murdering three men in and around Peterborough.

She is only the third woman to be given a whole-life prison term.

Moors murderer Myra Hindley and House of Horrors serial killer Rose West are the other two.

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Serial killer Joanna Dennehy loses human rights violations claim

Joanna Dennehy. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Peterborough serial killer Joanna Dennehy has lost her claim for human rights violations after she was placed in solitary confinement.

The 33-year-old was given a whole-life term last year at the Old Bailey for murdering three men in and around Peterborough.

She also stabbed two more.

She was put in segregation at HMP Bronzefield in Surrey after prison guards apparently found an escape plot in her diary.

Dennehy claimed she had been left "tearful" and "upset" as a result and had hoped the High Court would give her damages.

Fenland serial killer Dennehy's claim for compensation in High Court

Joanna Dennehy. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A judge will decide later if Fenland serial killer Joanna Dennehy can claim damages for having her human rights violated.

The 33-year-old was given a whole-life term last year for murdering three men in and around Peterborough.

She claims she should be compensated for being "unfairly and unlawfully" held in segregation in prison when she was awaiting trial, leaving her "tearful and upset".

Government lawyers admitted the two-year segregation period was technically unlawful because it was not properly authorised by former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

But they insist it was justified because of the escape risk she posed - after discovering a written "credible plan" in her cell to get her and two other prisoners out of jail.

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