Killer nurse Lucy Letby has cemented herself as one among Britain’s worst criminals after being discovered responsible of murdering seven infants and making an attempt to kill six others.
Following a nine-month trial and over three weeks of deliberations, a jury discovered her responsible of 14 of the 22 counts she confronted, after she launched into a marketing campaign of horror on the Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and June 2016. The jury discovered her not responsible on two counts of tried homicide and couldn’t attain verdicts on an extra six of the identical cost.
Throughout that interval, she intentionally poisoned infants with insulin, overfed them with milk and fatally injected some with air whereas working as a nurse in the neonatal unit.
Whereas issues had been raised by surgeons as early as late June 2015, she remained in her position for an additional yr till she was ultimately faraway from the ward and placed on clerical duties.
Regardless of claiming she had been the sufferer of a “conspiracy”, her account was rejected by the jury and she was convicted of seven counts of homicide and seven counts of tried homicide, making her one of many nation’s most prolific youngster killers.
Letby has been remanded in custody to be sentenced on Monday, however the court docket was informed she has stated she will not attend court docket and doesn’t want to observe the listening to by way of videolink from jail.
The explanations for her refusal to attend haven’t but been disclosed by the choose. Members of the victims’ households will attend the listening to to provide sufferer impression statements.
For such horrific crimes, Letby can solely obtain a compulsory life sentence and will probably spend nearly all of her life behind bars.
It’s probably she will be positioned in HMP Low Newton, a most safety jail that’s residence to most of the deadliest feminine killers in latest historical past.
The jail, which was opened in 1965, has housed Britain’s youngest feminine assassin Sharon Carr, in addition to Child P’s mom Tracey Connelly. Dubbed ‘The Satan’s Daughter’, Carr murdered an 18-year-old girl after choosing her out at random when she was simply 12 years previous.
The jail’s most notorious inmate was ‘Home of Horrors’ killer Rosemary West, who sexually abused and murdered 10 girls and youngsters alongside her husband Fred West. She was ultimately moved from HMP Low Newton in 2019, after one other vicious killer, Joanna Dennehy, allegedly threatened to kill her.
Dennehy stays on the jail, where she is serving a sentence for the homicide of three males following a two-week killing spree. She dumped their our bodies in ditches outdoors Peterborough.
Situated in the village of Brasside close to Durham, the jail accepts feminine inmates from throughout the north of England and holds various lifers and juvenile prisoners.
An Impartial Monitoring Board report, revealed in 2021, discovered that classes and workshops had been axed as a result of issues with a leaking roof, whereas a complete block was due for demolition after failing well being and security checks.
Not all points of jail life had been adverse, nevertheless, with inmates in a position to get pleasure from DVD nights, and purchase garments from a trend retailer. Workers had been reported to be “pleasant”.
Even the meals was reported to be “nutritious, nicely cooked and of fine selection”, with inmates supplied a choice of scorching meals and packed lunches.
Violence sometimes breaks out amongst prisoners and employees, whereas the board expressed concern that round 40 per cent of inmates suffered psychological well being issues.
HMP Low Newton can also be residence to the ‘Primrose Challenge’, which is designed to deal with girls with “harmful and extreme character problems”, and is the one jail in the UK with such a unit.
The service has 12 locations for feminine offenders who’re at a excessive threat of hurt in England and Wales however can solely accommodate one restricted-status girl at a time.
Entry standards embody a present offence of violence towards the particular person, presenting a excessive threat of committing one other severe offence, and prone to have a extreme type of character dysfunction.
Among the many remedy choices are periods with a psychiatrist, artwork remedy, and acupuncture.
The Primrose Service received World Well being Organisation(WHO) award in 2009 for prime quality of service supplied to feminine prisoners.