TRIBUTES: Family mourns “loving brother” John whilst sister mourns “joker ....always finding something to laugh about”

Lukasz Slaboszewski, from Peterborough, whose body was found in a ditch at Thorney Dyke.

Lukasz Slaboszewski, from Peterborough, whose body was found in a ditch at Thorney Dyke. - Credit: submitted

THE families of two men, whose bodies were found in a ditch near Whittlesey, have paid tribute to them.

John Chapman, whose body was found at Thorney Dyke

John Chapman, whose body was found at Thorney Dyke - Credit: Archant

Post-mortem results showed that John Chapman, 56, and Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, died from stab wounds and the deaths have been linked to the murder of Kevin Lee, 48, who was found in a ditch at Newborough on Saturday, March 30.

Scene where Bodies were found in Thorney Dyke. Picture: Steve Williams.

Scene where Bodies were found in Thorney Dyke. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A statement released by the family of Mr Chapman said: “We are all so upset and shocked by the tragic loss of John.

“He was a loving brother, brother in law and uncle. He was much loved by all who knew him and will be missed by all his friends and family.

“We are struggling to come to terms with our loss and we ask that our family is left alone to grieve in private.”


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Mr Slaboszewski’s sister Magda Skrzypczak described her brother’s sense of humour saying: “Lukasz was the joker in the family, always finding something to laugh about.

“His mum and dad are devastated by their loss and he also leaves two grieving sisters.”

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The bodies of Mr Slaboszewski, from Peterborough, and Mr Chapman, from Bifield, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, were discovered in a ditch near to the road at Thorney Dyke by a farmer on Tuesday, April 2.

Five people have been arrested in connection to the murder of Mr Lee, from Fletton, Peterborough, which is being linked to the Thorney killings.

A 36-year-old man has been charged with perverting the course of justice and will appear at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday, April 10, while two men, aged 23 and 32, are currently on bail.

A 47-year-old man arrested in Hereford last week was questioned about the murders over the weekend.

A 30-year-old woman also arrested in Hereford has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

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