Lucy Letby: statement and information about the retrials
Switalskis represents the families of 7 babies who were victims of Lucy Letby. She was a neonatal nurse who was found guilty murdering 7 babies and attempting to murder a further 6 babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital. She was sentenced to life imprisonment for each offence on 21 August 2023.
During the criminal trial, the jury were unable to reach a verdict on 6 of the charges brought against her, leaving these families with unanswered questions as to whether the harm that their children suffered was inflicted deliberately.
Following the conviction of Lucy Letby, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) began considering whether there was sufficient evidence to retry Lucy Letby for the charges where a verdict could not be reached.
Today the CPS have decided that they will seek only one retrial concerning an allegedly murdered baby. We note that charges will lie on file with the CPS and could be reinstated at a later date should new evidence come to light.
At Switalskis, we are disappointed with the CPS decision to not proceed with a retrial on all of the cases. We believe that the families of the further alleged victims still have questions that are unanswered, and they deserve to know what happened to their children.
On the back of the CPS decision those families will need to pursue other channels to get the answers, through both a civil case against the Trust, and to be included as part of the Inquiry now that the criminal route to answers has been closed.
To help them understand what happened to their children, we will need to explore a number of issues, including: aspects of the governance at the Trust; management and systems in place; how the unit was managing staffing levels and coping with the babies they cared for; availability of equipment and the unit being in disrepair; and the general risks that premature babies can suffer from.
We continue to work with the families as we begin to guide them through the public inquiry, which we hope will bring further clarity on what happened to allow these crimes to be committed. In particular, the failure of the Trust’s managers to listen and act upon the concerns that were made to them about Letby.
We reach out and invite anyone who may have been impacted by the care received at the Countess of Chester Hospital and/or Liverpool women’s hospital to get in touch for further advice and support. We are here for you. Call 0800 138 0458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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