Baby killer Lucy Letby's convictions appeal refused by court

Baby killer Lucy Letby's convictions appeal refused by court

Lucy Letby was found guilty in August last year

GB News
George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 30/01/2024

- 17:29

Updated: 30/01/2024

- 19:03

An application for permission to appeal against all of her convictions in September

Child serial killer Lucy Letby has had an initial bid to challenge her convictions refused by the Court of Appeal.

The nurse lodged an application for permission to appeal against all of her convictions in September.

A judge has since refused her application after considering the case documents, a judicial spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday.

In August 2023, Letby, 34, of Hereford, was sentenced to 14 whole life orders after she was convicted of the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of six others, with two attempts on one of her victims.

Lucy Letby

Lucy Letby has had her appeal refused


The offences took place at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit, where nurse Letby worked, between June 2015 and June 2016.

Typically, applications for permission to appeal against a crown court decision are considered by a judge looking at legal documents without a hearing.

If this is refused, people have 14 days to renew their bid for permission at a full court hearing before two or three judges.

The jury in Letby’s trial at Manchester Crown Court was unable to reach verdicts on six counts of attempted murder in relation to five children.


Lucy LetbyLucy Letby was found guilty of murdering seven babies and trying to kill six othersREUTERS

Letby will face a retrial at the same court in June on a single count that she attempted to murder a baby girl, known as Child K, in February 2016.

A court order prohibits reporting of the identities of the surviving and dead children who were the subject of the allegations.

Last week, it was reported that Letby has been given keys to her own cell so she can hide away from inmates if she feels threatened.

A prison insider claimed that her new "cushy life" on the inside has been described as being like a "hotel - but you're surrounded by criminals".

It has been reported that prisoners of category A HMP Bronzefield are given a set of keys as a reward for good behaviour.

The 34-year-old was moved to HMP Bronzefield from Low Newton jail in County Durham.

It comes after reports she had befriended two other killers while held on remand before her trial in August.

Letby was said to have "become prison friends" with Michelle Smith, a woman who murdered her own 42-day-old baby and Shauna Hoare, who helped kill 16-year-old schoolgirl Becky Watts.

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