Lucy Letby is facing a fresh trial on one count of attempted murder in relation to one baby who died whilst in her care.
Letby is currently facing a whole life order after being found guilty of murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six more between 2015 and 2016 whilst working as a nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Letby was arrested in July 2018 in connection with a series of infant deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital, where she had worked as a neonatal nurse since 2011. After being released on bail she was rearrested in June 2019 and again in November 2020 in connection with additional infant deaths at the hospital. On the following day of her final arrest she was charged with eight counts of murder and ten counts of attempted murder.
Last month, the jury in her trial at Manchester Crown Court was unable to reach verdicts on six counts of attempted murder in relation to five children.
Following a hearing today at Manchester Crown Court, prosecutors confirmed that they are seeking a retrial on one offence of attempted murder, but are not proceeding to a retrial on the remaining counts.
Letby, from Hereford, denied all the offences and formally lodged an appeal against her conviction.
She was cleared of two other counts of attempted murder. So far it has been decided that Letby will face fresh proceedings in relation to ‘Child K’, whose death the jury could not reach a verdict on.
Appearing via videolink from HMP Newhall, Letby denied all of the offences.
A provisional trial date was set for June 10 2024.
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It follows a string of similar tweets from the party’s official account using emotionally-exploitative tactics to manipulate members of the public into clicking on their site and handing over their details.
These details, which go onto a campaign database used by the Labour Party to contact potential voters in the run-up to the next General Election, are then used not for the advertised purpose, and certainly not for a specific campaign relating to the Lucy Letby trial, but to hammer them with election leaflets and emails.
A Twitter (now known as ‘X’) community note was quickly added to the misleading tweet, stating:
“Current CPS guidance on defendant’s refusal to attend court permits the prison to use reasonable force to bring a defendant before the court, when the court has communicated to the prison that the defendant’s attendance is necessary.”
Twitter users soon began pouring criticism over the tweet, with one writing “cheap shot Labour. Cheap shot”.