A childhood friend of serial killer Lucy Letby has said only one thing will convince her that she is truly guilty.
Letby, 33, has begun a whole-life sentence in prison for the murder of seven babies and the attempted murders of six more at Countess of Chester Hospital.
Dawn Howe, who has known Letby since they were at Aylestone Secondary School in Hereford together, told the BBC all her friends were sticking by the nurse.
She went on to tell the Telegraph she stuck by her words after she was asked if she still believed in what she told the broadcaster.
Ms Howe said: “Unless Lucy turned around and said I’m guilty, I will never believe that she’s guilty.”
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She aded: “We know she couldn’t have done anything that she’s accused of, so without a doubt we stand by her.
“I grew up with Lucy and not a single thing that I’ve ever seen or witnessed of Lucy would let me for a moment believe she is capable of the thing’s she’s accused of.”
She added that the accusation of the murders – which she was convicted of at Manchester Crown Court – were “most out of character” – adding that she was one of her “most kind, gentle, and soft” friends.
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Ms Howe went on to claim that the police had wanted to “find someone culpable, to find someone to blame” as she defended her friend.
Letby is the most prolific child serial killer in modern British history.
She was told by judge Mr Justice Goss during her sentencing on Monday (August 21) there was a “malevolence bordering on sadism” in her actions for which she has “no remorse”.
The judge handed her whole-life orders at Manchester Crown Court, one for each offence, making her only the fourth woman in British history to be told she will never be released from prison.
Addressing Letby, who refused to appear in court, he said: “You acted in a way that was completely contrary to the normal human instincts of nurturing and caring for babies and in gross breach of the trust that all citizens place in those who work in the medical and caring professions.
“The babies you harmed were born prematurely and some were at risk of not surviving, but in each case you deliberately harmed them, intending to kill them.”
Mr Justice Goss said Letby’s outward appearance as a nurse who was “very conscientious, hard-working and confident” enabled her to repeatedly harm her victims without “arousing suspicion”.
He said confidential documents, including resuscitation notes and hundreds of work handover sheets containing children’s names, found in police searches of her home, were kept as “morbid records” of her actions.
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Mr Justice Goss noted Letby also had a “fascination” with the babies and their families, which extended to making repeated searches on Facebook for their parents.
He concluded: “You have caused deep psychological trauma, brought enduring grief and feelings of guilt, caused strains in relationships and disruption to the lives of all the families of all your victims.
“It is no part of my function to reach conclusions as to the underlying reason or reasons for your actions. Nor could I, for they are known only to you.”
Amid anger from the victims’ families at her refusal to attend, the judge told Letby she would be provided with copies of his remarks and the personal statements of the parents.
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