A nurse has been found guilty of m*rdering seven babies and attempting to m*rder six other infants while working on a hospital’s neonatal unit between June 2015 and June 2016.
Lucy Letby (https://news.sky.com/topic/lucy-letby-10379) – who was in her mid-20s and working at the Countess of Chester Hospital at the time of the m*rders – is now the UK’s most prolific child k*ller of modern times.
She was found guilty by a series of partial verdicts, delivered several days apart, with the judge issuing reporting restrictions until the end of the trial.
Among the guilty verdicts, Letby was convicted of seven counts of attempted murder, including two involving the same infant.
Letby cried during some of the verdicts, while families of her victims sobbed and comforted each other as the jury read out its findings. One member of the jury also cried and held her head in her hands.
She was also found not guilty of two charges of attempted m*rder. The jury was unable to reach verdicts on six further counts of attempted m*rder
Letby’s mother, Susan, broke down sobbing as her daughter was led away from the dock after the first set of verdicts, whispering “you can’t be serious, this can’t be right,” into her husband’s arms.
Neither Letby nor her parents were in court as the trial came to a close today.
During a later set of verdicts, Letby refused to come up from the cells, and was f
ound guilty of more m*rders in her absence.