Mon­ster wants our money so she can meet her fi­ancée SE­RIAL KILLER’S LE­GAL FIGHT TO GET MAR­RIED

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Phil Cardy

SE­RIAL killer Joanna Den­nehy is plan­ning a le­gal fight to keep in reg­u­lar close con­tact with her prison lover – and wants the tax­payer to foot the bill.

The 35-year-old mon­ster is thought to have con­tacted solic­i­tors over plans to marry an­other fe­male in­mate.

Den­nehy is in a seg­re­ga­tion unit at Cat­e­gory A HMP Bronze­field af­ter a dra­matic sui­cide at­tempt.

Now gov­er­nors are con­sid­er­ing mov­ing her to a psy­chi­atric unit.

And if that goes ahead her fi­ancée could be al­lowed three vis­its to see her ev­ery year – at the tax­payer’s ex­pense.

The pair hope to get le­gal aid, pos­si­bly thou­sands, to seek per­mis­sion for the vis­its. The move is likely to anger the fam­i­lies of the three men she stabbed to death dur­ing a ten-day spree in 2013.

A source said: “Den­nehy’s lover seems to go for killers. She’s had an­other girl­friend in the past who was also in­side for mur­der. Now the two are launch­ing a le­gal bat­tle to get the right to spend time to­gether, come what may.

“Den­nehy has ap­par­ently shaved all her hair off as a love to­ken.” The Sun­day Peo­ple un­der­stands Den­nehy has ap­proached law firm Swain and Co, which spe­cialises in help­ing pris­on­ers.

Den­nehy’s fi­ancée – in her 30s – has been locked up for more than a decade af­ter she was given an Im­pris­on­ment for Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion sen­tence in 2005 for drug-fu­elled vi­o­lent of­fences. She has been re­leased but was re­called.

The pair are un­der­stood to have been in­volved in a botched dou­ble sui­cide bid in Au­gust. This led to Den­nehy be­ing held in a seg­re­ga­tion wing in case she tries to kill her­self again. She is be­lieved to have been found with her throat slit while her lover slashed her wrists.

Pris­on­ers have the right to marry un­der the Eu­ro­pean Con­ven­tion on Hu­man Rights – but un­der the Mar­riage Act 1983, they must first ap­ply to the prison gov­er­nor for per­mis­sion.

The gov­er­nor must con­sider pos­si­ble se­cu­rity risks on the wed­ding day, whether the mar­riage could be a sham and whether the pris­oner could pose a risk of harm to their part­ner.

Den­nehy, of St Al­bans, Herts, is one of only two women serv­ing whole life sen­tences in the UK. The other is Rose West. Den­nehy lured her first vic­tim, Lukasz Sla­boszewskil, 31, to his death af­ter ar­rang­ing to meet him for sex.

She stabbed him through the heart and dumped his body in a wheelie bin.

The next week she killed Falk­lands vet­eran John Chap­man, 56. She stabbed him over 30 times and told ac­com­plice Gary Stretch: “Oops, I’ve done it again.”

Later that day she mur­dered her land­lord Kevin Lee, 48. His body was found in a black se­quin dress and had stab wounds in the neck and chest.

While on the run, Den­nehy ran­domly stabbed dog walk­ers Robin Bereza, 64, and John Rogers, 56, in Here­ford.

She later told a psy­chi­a­trist she killed to see if “I was as cold as I thought I was, then it got mor­eish”. Jail­ing her at the Old Bai­ley four years ago, Mr Jus­tice Spencer said: “You are a cruel, cal­cu­lat­ing and ma­nip­u­la­tive se­rial killer.”

In July we re­ported how Den­nehy was writ­ing blood-soaked erotic fic­tion in her cell. There was an out­cry two years ago when Den­nehy got state-funded lawyers for a failed High Court chal­lenge to a de­ci­sion to keep her seg­re­gated.

Vic­tim Kevin’s widow Christina slammed it as an in­sult.

The prison said they seg­re­gated her over fears of a jail­break by her and oth­ers. The plan al­legedly in­volved cut­ting off an of­fi­cer’s finger “to de­ceive the bio­met­ric se­cu­rity sys­tem”.

The Min­istry of Jus­tice said last night: “We do not com­ment on in­di­vid­ual cases.” The le­gal firm said to be han­dling Den­nehy’s mar­riage bid did not re­ply to a re­quest for com­ment.

MOVE: She is set to be switched from HMP Bronze­field VIC­TIMS: From left, Kevin Lee, Lukasz Sla­boszewski and John Chap­man SICK: CCTV of Den­nehy in po­lice sta­tion and, be­low, with blade

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