English nurse Lucy Letby, accused of killing seven newborn babies and attempting to take the lives of six others in the maternity unit of the Countess of Chester hospital in north-west England, where she worked, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The infaticides occurred in the period between 2015 and 2016. She The Manchester Crown Court ruled.
The judge: on Letby’s part “premeditation, calculation and malice”
In reading the sentence on live TV, Judge James Goss spoke of “premeditation, calculation and malice” in Letby’s actions, which had an “immense impact” on many families. While reading the sentence on live television, Judge James Goss referred to the “premeditation, calculation and malice” demonstrated in Letby’s actions, noting that these had an “immense impact” on many of the families involved.
The nurse was not present in the courtroom and continues to plead innocent
The pronunciation of the sentence took place in the absence of the condemned woman, who had chosen to remain in her cell and not appear in the courtroom, sparking strong controversies. This is a maximum sentence rarely inflicted by British justice. Judge Goss spoke of “deep evil bordering on sadism” on the part of Letby, who however continued to deny the crimes committed as a nurse. “She has shown no remorse and there are no extenuating circumstances,” the judge added. The seriousness of the judicial case concluded today was also underlined by the intervention of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), according to which the convict “will never again be able to inflict the suffering” she caused when she was a nurse in a ward maternity.