Lucy Letby: British nurse loses appeal over baby murders

Sam Tobin and Michael Holden
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British nurse Lucy Letby has lost her attempt to overturn her conviction for murdering seven babies and trying to kill six others.

Letby, 34, was found guilty in 2023 of killing five baby boys and two baby girls at the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester hospital in northern England.

At a hearing in April, Letby put forward four grounds of appeal involving submissions that the trial judge had wrongly refused applications she had made during the trial.

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In a very brief hearing on Friday, the Court of Appeal said her appeal had failed.

Judge Victoria Sharp, announcing the court’s decision, said “we have decided to refuse leave to appeal on all grounds”.

The judge added that a full written ruling would be delivered at a later date.

A nurse accused of murdering seven premature babies - and trying to kill ten more - tracked the families of her alleged victims on Facebook after taking up to three attempts to poison their infants by injecting insulin, milk or air into their tiny bodies, a court heard today.  Lucy Letby, 32, is alleged to have gone on a year-long killing spree while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital - including one child who died less than 90 minutes after being handed into her care.
A nurse accused of murdering seven premature babies - and trying to kill ten more - tracked the families of her alleged victims on Facebook after taking up to three attempts to poison their infants by injecting insulin, milk or air into their tiny bodies, a court heard today. Lucy Letby, 32, is alleged to have gone on a year-long killing spree while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital - including one child who died less than 90 minutes after being handed into her care. Credit: Twitter/Twitter

No further details can be given for legal reasons.

Letby is due to face a retrial on one count of attempted murder at Manchester Crown Court in June.

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