Joanne Dennehy murder case

Stretch and Layton convicted on all charges

12/02/2014

Two men accused of helping triple murderer Joanne Dennehy have been convicted today of multiple offences at Cambridge Crown Court.

Chris McCann, head of the CPS East of England Complex Casework Unit, said: "Today's guilty verdicts prove that Gary Stretch and Leslie Layton were willing assistants in these murders and that they were not acting under duress, as they tried to claim. Both men willingly assisted Joanne Dennehy in disposing of the bodies of her three victims and in covering up the crimes she had committed."

Dennehy pleaded guilty in November 2013 to killing Lukasz Slaboszewski, John Chapman, and Kevin Lee whose bodies were found in ditches in the Peterborough area in March and April 2013. She also admitted the attempted murders of Robin Bereza and John Rogers in Hereford.

Gary Stretch - also known as Gary Richards - was found guilty of the attempted murders of Mr Bereza and Mr Rogers and of three charges of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body.

Leslie Layton was convicted of one count of perverting the course of justice and two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body. A third man, Robert Moore, pleaded guilty to two charges of assisting an offender at an earlier hearing.

Mr McCann said: "Stretch, Layton and Moore were in the thrall of triple-murderer Joanne Dennehy. They revelled in bringing suffering and misery upon their victims and showed no remorse for their atrocious acts. The fact that Leslie Layton photographed one of the deceased victims is testament to the warped nature of these crimes and those that committed them.

"I would like to thank Mr Bereza and Mr Rogers for giving evidence in this trial and reliving what must have been a terrible experience for them.

"I hope the two victims and the families of Lukasz Slaboszewski, John Chapman and Kevin Lee can take some comfort from the fact that the perpetrators of these crimes have been brought to justice and will be punished for what they have done."