The British judiciary announced that English nurse Lucy Letby, who was sentenced in August to life imprisonment for killing seven newborn infants, will be retried on charges of attempting to kill another infant.
The Manchester Court in northern England convicted the 33-year-old nurse, in mid-August, of killing seven newborn infants and attempting to kill six others in the hospital where she worked, during the years 2015 and 2016, making her the worst child killer in modern British history, reports Al-Rai daily.
Lucy Letby, who pleaded not guilty throughout the ten-month trial, was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of a reduced sentence, a ruling rarely issued by the English judiciary.
But the jury failed to reach a verdict on the other six attempted murders.
The Public Prosecution announced a new trial against the backdrop of one of these attempted murders against an infant in February 2016. This trial is scheduled to begin on June 10, 2024, and will last from two to three weeks.
Prosecutor Jonathan Storer explained that this decision regarding possible new trials was “extremely complex and difficult to make.”
He added, “We met with all the families involved in these decisions to explain to them how we made our decision.”
The trial did not reveal the motives of the nurse who was working in the intensive care unit at Counts of Chester Hospital in the city of Chester in northwest England.
The murders occurred between June 2015 and June 2016, after the nurse injected air intravenously into newborns, used their nasogastric tubes to send air, or gave them an overdose of milk, into their stomachs.
Lucy Letby would attack children after their parents had left, or after the nurse in charge had left, or at night when she was alone. Then she sometimes joined collective efforts to save newborns, and even help desperate parents. (AFP)