UK Nurse Guilty Of Murdering 7 Babies Receives Life Sentence
A British nurse, Lucy Letby, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering seven babies and attempting to murder six others at a UK hospital where she worked. The Manchester Crown Court handed down a whole life order, ensuring she will never be released. Letby was found guilty by a jury and labeled Britain’s most prolific recent child serial killer. Justice James Goss termed her actions a “cruel, calculated and cynical campaign of child murder” and cited her lack of remorse and mitigating factors for the severe sentence. Letby’s methods included administering air into babies’ blood and stomachs, overfeeding them, physically assaulting them, and poisoning them with insulin.
The judge criticized Letby for not appearing in court during sentencing, prompting discussions about changing laws to ensure defendants attend their hearings. Parents of the victims shared the impact of her actions, revealing that surviving babies now require continuous care. The court also heard Letby’s chilling handwritten notes expressing her guilt and malevolence. The case led to a government inquiry to investigate how she evaded detection. Doctors had noticed an unusual number of deaths and collapses in the neonatal unit, but initial concerns were dismissed by hospital management. The inquiry’s effectiveness has been criticized for its limited power to summon witnesses.
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