Post mortems reveal cause of deaths of two Peterborough men found dead in ditch at Thorney

10:12 08 April 2013

Peterborough man John Chapman, whose body was found in a ditch at Thorney Dyke.

Peterborough man John Chapman, whose body was found in a ditch at Thorney Dyke.


Two men whose bodies were found dumped in a ditch died from stab wounds, say police.

John Chapman, 56, of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, and Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, from Peterborough, were discovered at Thorney Dyke by a farmer on Wednesday morning.

The cause of their deaths was confirmed by post-mortem examinations at Peterborough City Hospital.

The deaths have been linked to that of Fletton man Kevin Lee, whose body was found on Saturday, March 30. Mr Lee also died of stab wounds.

Police say all three deaths stemmed from “a single, isolated incident”.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Mr Lee who was stabbed to death over the Easter weekend.

Leslie Layton, 36, of Bifield, who was charged with perverting the course of justice, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, and has been remanded to appear at Peterborough Crown Court tomorrow. A 32-year-old man and a 23-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder last weekend have been released on bail.

A 47-year-old man and the 30-year-old woman who were arrested on Thursday, following two stabbings in Hereford, remain in custody. The woman has been detained under the mental health act and has been moved to a secure facility for continual assessment.

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