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Nurse convicted of murdering 7 babies at hospital neonatal unit loses appeal bid

  • British neonatal nurse Lucy Lettby was convicted of murdering seven infants and attempting to murder six more, but lost her appeal.
  • Letby’s offences took place between June 2015 and June 2016 in the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital in north-west England.
  • The Court of Appeal heard her case in April and announced its decision on Friday.

A British neonatal nurse convicted of murdering seven babies and attempting to murder six more has lost her appeal.

Lucy Letby, 34, had sought permission to challenge her sentence after being convicted and sentenced to life last year.

A three-judge panel of the UK Court of Appeal heard the case in April and handed down its ruling on Friday.

‘Cold-blooded’ nurse Lucy Lettby found guilty of murdering seven babies in hospital’s neonatal ward

“Having heard her submissions, we have decided to refuse permission to appeal on all grounds and to dismiss all associated submissions,” Judge Victoria Sharpe said. “Formal sentence will be handed down in due course.”

Lucy Lettby (pictured above), a British neonatal nurse who was convicted of murdering seven infants and attempting to murder six more, has lost her appeal. (Cheshire Police via The Associated Press)

A jury at Manchester Crown Court found her guilty of the offences, which took place between June 2015 and June 2016 at the neonatal ward at the Countess of Chester Hospital in northwest England.

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Most defendants in English trials have no automatic right of appeal: they must seek leave to appeal on a precisely defined set of legal issues.

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