Lucy Letby trial: Nurse denies killing 7 babies, explains why she wrote ‘I am evil... I did this' note
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MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM: Lucy Letby, the 32-year-old nurse who is charged with the murder of seven babies and the attempted murder of 10 others between 2015 and 2016, took a stand at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday, May 2, and explained why she wrote, "I am evil" and "I killed them on purpose because I'm not good enough" on a post-it note. She told the court, "I felt at the time that if I'd done something wrong I must be such an evil, awful person." However, Hereford resident Letby has entered a not-guilty plea to all charges.
And further added, "I'd somehow been incompetent and had done something wrong which had affected those babies. I felt I must be responsible in some way. I think looking back on it now, I was really struggling, and this was a way of me expressing what I wasn't able to say to anyone else," reports The Sun. When defense lawyer Ben Meyers KC asked about a part of the note that stated, “I’m not good enough,” Letby said that was “the overwhelming thought I had about myself at the time, that I wasn’t good enough," as per the Independent.
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'I only did my best to care for them'
Myers KC also asked, “Had you actually done anything wrong to hurt any babies?” She said, “No.” The lawyer then asked how many children she took care of over that period, Letby replied, “Probably hundreds.” And when asked if she intended to harm them, she responded by saying, "No, I only did my best to care for them. It was completely against what being a nurse is. I’m there to help and care, not harm them,” states Mirror.
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Letby is accused of the murders of five boys and two girls in the neonatal ward at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Among them, she killed two of three newborn triplets within 24 hours by injecting them with air shortly after they were born. The prosecution said Letby was a "constant malevolent presence" in their care at the neonatal unit.
The former nurse also sent a sympathy card, titled 'Your loved one will be remembered with many smiles,' to the parents of a newborn she allegedly killed on October 23, 2015. "There are no words to make this time any easier. It was a real privilege to care for [Child I] and get to know you as a family - a family who always put [Child I] first and did everything possible for her. She will always be part of your lives and we will never forget her. Thinking of you today and always. Lots of love Lucy x," she wrote, as per the BBC.
Letby had been arrested twice in connection with the killings between 2018 and 2019 but was bailed pending further inquiries, according to The Guardian. She again got arrested in November 2020 and is now on trial.