Lucy Letby trial – ‘I’m bad, I did it’: nurse accused of killing babies ‘writes a confessional note’
A neonatal nurse accused of murdering seven babies allegedly left a handwritten note confessing to her crimes, which read “I’M BAD, I DID THIS”.
Lucy Letby, 32, is alleged to have carried out the murders over a one-year period while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
She is also accused of attempting to kill 10 other babies.
On Thursday morning, on the fourth day of her trial, the prosecution concluded its opening statement laying out its case against Letby.
Nick Johnson KC ended up telling Manchester Crown Court about a series of handwritten notes and notes found during a search of her home.
In a green post – which was shown to the court – she had written: “I don’t deserve to live. I killed them on purpose, because I’m not good enough to take care of them.”
She also wrote: “I am a terrible bad person” and in capital letters “I AM BAD, I DID THIS”.
There was no reaction from Letby as her alleged confession was read. Over the past four days, the 22 charges against Letby have been outlined in court.
Letby, from Hereford, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The children and their families have not been nominated by the media and are thus referred to as Children A through Q.
One, Child P, was one of two triplets the prosecution allege were killed by Letby. Their brother survived as he was in another room.
The day after child P. died, child Q. was sent to die, from Letby.
Johnson said Letby falsified medical records to give himself an alibi at the time of Child Q’s sudden collapse.
Apart from three days next week, this would be the last time Letby would work in the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
The defense must now begin its opening argument before the main part of the trial evidence begins.
“Cold-blooded” Letby tried to kill a newborn baby girl four times “before he succeeded”, a court was told.
The nurse was also questioned by the police as to why she had sent a condolence card to the baby’s parents.
By April 2016, consultants at the hospital were becoming suspicious of Letby – removing her from night shifts due to concerns about “the link between her presence and sudden deaths/life-threatening episodes”.
A consultant began to feel “uncomfortable” when he realized that Letby was alone with the child. When he entered the room, he noticed that the baby’s breathing tube had been disconnected.
The trial continues.
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