Serial Killer Dennehy loses High Court appeal

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy has lost her bid for compensation at High Court after claiming her human rights were violated.

Dennehy was imprisoned in February 2014 after she went on a murder spree killing John Chapman, 56, Kevin Lee, 48 and Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31 and attempted to murder of two other men in 2013.

She claimed that HMP Brozefield prison in Surrey, “unfairly” kept her in segregation, after prison officers discovered an alleged prison escape, which included the murder of a female police officer to steal her keys.

Dennehy who is serving a whole-life sentence, challenged the prisons decision to keep her separate from other prisoners adding that it left her “upset” and resulted in her self-harming.

Government lawyers agreed that the segregation between 19 September 2013 and 4 September 2015 was technically unlawful as it wasn’t authorised properly by former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. However, added that it was justified, fair and lawful due to the dangerous nature of Dennehy.

At court Justice Singh ruled that the segregation since 2015 was in accordance with the law and had been necessary.

Dennehy is the third woman to be sentenced for a whole-life prison term, serial killer Rose West and moors murderer Myra Hindley were also handed same sentences.

Posted on May 26th, 2016 in News

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