Joanna Dennehy
Dennehy enlisted Stretch and Layton to help her dispose of the bodies of her victims.

Three men have been convicted of assisting serial killer Joanna Dennehy of disposing of the bodies of her victims.

Dennehy, 31, murdered three men in Cambridgeshire and tried to kill two others in Hereford, during a 12-day killing spree.

It was discovered that her boyfriend Gary Stretch, 47 and her housemate 37-year-old Leslie Layton, had served as accomplices in the murders.

A third man, Robert Moore, has also admitted assisting Dennehy by lying to police about her whereabouts.

Diagnosed as a psychopath by psychiatrists, Dennehy admitted murdering Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, Kevin Lee, 48, and John Chapman, 56, in March last year.

Their bodies were all discovered in ditches in Cambridgeshire. All the murder victims died of multiple stab injuries, including wounds to the heart.

After she murdered the three men in the Peterborough area, Stretch drove Dennehy to Hereford where he sought out two more victims for her, namely Robin Bereza and John Rogers who were stabbed by Dennehy.

Along with Layton, Stretch then helped Dennehy dump the bodies of her victims.

Layton admitted that he later lied to police to protect her. He was said to have had a morbid fascination with the sadistic murders she committed.

Dennehy also reportedly phoned Stretch after each killing and sang the Britney Spears song "Oops I Did It Again".

Joanna Dennehy Murder Victims
The bodies of Lukasz Slaboszewski, Kevin Lee and John Chapman were found in Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire Police said the third accomplice, Moore, provided shelter for Dennehy and Stretch while they were on the run, and later lied to officers about their whereabouts.

Layton and Stretch were said to be obsessed with the 31-year-old and claimed to be controlled by her.

Chris McCann, of the Crown Prosecution Service, disputed the claims that the two accomplices were acting under Dennehy's influence, arguing that Stretch and Layton "were willing assistants in these murders" and were "not acting under duress".

"Stretch, Layton and Moore were in the thrall of triple murderer Joanna Dennehy," he said. "They revelled in bringing suffering and misery upon their victims and showed no remorse for their atrocious acts."

Lee, a married father-of-two, with whom Dennehy was having an affair, spoke about her before his death and likened her to "Uma Thurman from Kill Bill."

Another victim, John Chapman, had dubbed her the "man woman" because of her intimidating nature.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brunning investigating the case described Dennehy as a "sadistic serial killer with a fearsome personality."

Joanna Dennehy
Dennehy bragged about the murders saying she wanted to kill men to become famous.

"This has been one of the largest and most complex investigations in my 20 years' experience," he said.

Sean Keeble who met Dennehy at a friend's house while she was on the run from police, noted that she seemed happy to see herself on TV. On asking her why she killed, she told him: "I want to murder men, I want to be a serial killer, write a book and be famous."

Speaking on behalf of his family, Darren Cray, brother-in-law of Lee's widow Christina said: "This has been an incomprehensibly difficult time for all the family as we try and come to terms with what has happened to Kevin.

"Christina hasn't been able to deal with her own grief," he explained. "Almost 12 months have passed and she's still not coming to terms with the loss of Kevin. Joanna Dennehy has taken over our lives and has callously created a hole that cannot be filled," he added.

Stretch, who is 7ft 3in (2.2m), was found guilty of two attempted murders, while Layton was convicted of perverting the course of justice and of preventing lawful burials.

Dennehy will be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday, while Stretch and Layton are expected to be sentenced next week.