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Lucy Letby, 31, allegedly murdered eight babies and attempted to kill 10 more
She appeared from prison for a hearing at Chester Crown Court via video link today
She will not be tried until January 11, 2022, and will take place in Manchester. A Chester nurse accused of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill ten more will not be tried until January of next year.
Lucy Letby, 31, is alleged to have murdered five baby boys and three girls while working at Countess of Chester Hospital.
She is also charged with the attempted murder of five baby boys and five girls, all between June 2015 and June 2016.
She appeared via a video link from HMP Peterborough, where he is in custody, for a hearing in Chester Crown Court on Friday, where Judge Dove set the trial date as January 11, 2022.
It also ruled that the trial will take place in Manchester, either at the city’s main crown court in Crown Square or at the venue currently used for the public inquiry into the Manchester Arena terror attack, in the building of the city court of first instance.
Friday’s hearing, which lasted 35 minutes, was largely concerned with case management and pre-trial issues.
Letby, dressed in blue jeans, a black top, and shoulder-length dark hair, spoke only to confirm her identity. Ben Myers QC, defender, told the court that he “in due course” will request bail for the defendant.
No date has been set for the bail application hearing.
An additional case management hearing is scheduled for May 10.
A court order prohibits reporting the identities of surviving and deceased children allegedly attacked by Letby, and prohibits the identification of parents or witnesses related to the children. Hereford’s Letby was arrested in 2018 and 2019 as part of the police investigation into Countess of Chester Hospital, which began in 2017.
Cheshire Police launched their investigation after the hospital raised concerns about the high number of deaths in the neonatal unit.
Letby was arrested for the first time in her modern townhouse in the city in July 2018. She was arrested again the following year and again last November.
The nurse worked at Liverpool Women’s Hospital before being hired for a new job at the Countess of Chester. She was once the face of a £ 3 million fundraising campaign at the hospital.