Cambridgeshire

Peterborough murders: Dog walker recalls frenzied knife attack

Joanna Dennehy Image copyright Cambs Police
Image caption Joanna Dennehy was known as Star because of her distinctive facial tattoo

A man who survived a frenzied knife attack by triple killer Joanna Dennehy has spoken of the ordeal in court.

Dennehy, 31, admitted stabbing three men in the heart and dumping their bodies in ditches in Cambridgeshire.

Gary Stretch and Leslie Layton deny helping her dispose of the bodies and covering up the killings.

Robin Bereza was walking his dog through Hereford when he was selected at random and repeatedly stabbed by the murderer, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

He survived the attack but the court was shown graphic photographs of his injuries.

Giving evidence, Mr Bereza said he was struck twice by Dennehy before he realised what was happening.

"I saw the lady with that thing in her hands, I didn't know what it was," he added.

"I got worried then, frightened. I said 'what are you doing?' She said 'I'm hurting you'."

Image copyright Cambs Police
Image caption The bodies of Lukasz Slaboszewski (l), John Chapman (c) and Kevin Lee (r) were found in Cambridgeshire

The attack ended when a "big gentlemen" in a car gestured for her to leave before speeding off, he added.

Mr Bereza was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital by air ambulance.

The court earlier heard that Dennehy drove to Hereford to have "fun" after murdering three men in Cambridgeshire.

The bodies of Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, John Chapman, 56, and Mr Lee, 48, were found dumped in ditches in March and April last year.

Police believe Mr Slaboszewski was killed around 19 March while the final two victims were killed on 29 March.

Dennehy, of Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to three murders at the Old Bailey in November and is in custody awaiting sentencing.

She also admitted preventing the lawful and decent burial of all three victims and two charges of attempted murder.

Mr Stretch, real name Gary Richards, 47, of Riseholme, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, has denied three charges of preventing the lawful burial of all three men and two counts of attempted murder.

Mr Layton, 36, of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, has denied perverting the course of justice and two counts of preventing the lawful burial of the bodies of Mr Chapman and Mr Lee.

A third man, Robert Moore, 55, of Belvoir Way, Peterborough, has admitted assisting an offender and is also awaiting sentence.

The trial continues.

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