For the “evil” killings and attempted murders of babies at the hospital where she worked, Lucy Letby will serve the rest of her life in prison.
A jury found the most prolific child serial killer in modern British history guilty of killing seven infants and attempting to kill six more while employed at the newborn section at the Countess of Chester Hospital between 2015 and 2016.
A whole-life order was issued to the 33-year-old on Monday at Manchester Crown Court after Mr. Justice Goss told him there was “premeditation, calculation, and cunning in your actions.”
Addressing the nurse, who refused to appear in court, he said: “You acted in a way that was completely contrary to the normal human instincts of nurturing and caring for babies and in gross breach of the trust that all citizens place in those who work in the medical and caring professions.
“The babies you harmed were born prematurely and some were at risk of not surviving but in each case you deliberately harmed them, intending to kill them.”
The judge assured her that she would receive copies of both his words and the relatives of her victims’ personal statements.
The family of Letby’s victims had earlier yelled at her from a dock that was vacant, saying “you are nothing” and “you are evil.”
At the court on Monday, more than a dozen family members of Letby’s victims sat in the audience, and eight jurors came back to see the punishment.
The mother of preemies Child E, who passed away, and Child F, who lived, said in court that the nurse’s absence was “just one last act of wickedness from a coward.”
Letby is now just the fourth woman in British history to get the news that she will never be released from prison.
These include Rose West and Joanna Dennehy, two serial killers, and Myra Hindley, the girlfriend of Moors murderer Ian Brady who passed away in 2002.