Letby rejected in second appeal attempt

Former neonatal nurse Lucy Letby has again been denied permission to appeal her convictions for murdering babies.

In August 2023, Letby was given a whole-life sentence for the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of six others on a neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital between 2015 and 2016.

Letby has already had one application to appeal rejected, in January 2024.

She decided to renew her application and in April her case was put before judges Dame Victoria Sharp, Mrs Justice Lambert and Lord Justice Holroyde.

Her appeal submission was based on a claim that the original judge in her case had wrongly refused applications made on her behalf during the trial.

Announcing their decision today at the Court of Appeal in London, Dame Victoria said they had “decided to refuse leave to appeal on all grounds”.

The reasons for the judges’ decision were not made public.

Reporting about the appeal is restricted due to Letby facing retrial next month over the alleged attempted murder of one baby, referred to as Baby K.

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