Lucy Letby sentenced to whole-life order
A key piece of evidence used in sentencing Lucy Letby was waiting for police to find while searching her Chester home.
After arresting the former nurse who was sentenced to a whole life order for the murder of seven babies and attempted murder of 10 more, police were left “mind blown” at the amount of evidence Letby kept that incriminated her.
Detective Superintendent Paul Hughes, who led the investigation for Cheshire Police, said: “The amount of evidence we recovered from her home address was just not expected. Thousands and thousands of documents, many devices that led to downloads of half a million pages of information that we did not expect to find.”
Letby, 33, had kept a diary and documentation recording her heinous crimes between June 2015 and June 2016.
Some of these included hospital documents, handwritten notes, and diary entries.
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It appeared she had a habit of writing down her disturbed thoughts, with one post-it detailing how she “killed them” and calling herself “evil”.
In a documentary made by Cheshire Constabulary, Detective Inspector Rob Woods said: “It gave us a really good steer for the second occasion as to what sort of things we were looking for. Something that’s been very useful to the enquiry has been Miss Letby’s diaries. They appeared to be and it became clear later that it was almost a code of coloured asterisks and various other things put in a diary that marked significant events.”
“We knew she was a copious writer of notes,” DI Woods explained. “Now we thought that perhaps having been arrested she might stop doing that. It turned out when we searched that second time, she had continued to write her thoughts and all sorts of processes about the investigation about the events that she was being investigated for.”
The inspector said it became apparent to officers that the dates Letby had highlighted in her diary were significant events related to her coldblooded and twisted crimes.
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One Post-it note that was found had the heading “NOT GOOD ENOUGH”. Other messages read: “I AM EVIL, I DID THIS. There are no words. I am an awful person – I pay every day for that. I can’t breathe. I can’t focus. Kill myself right now. Overwhelming fear/panic. I’ll never have children or marry. I’ll never know what it’s like to have a family. NO HOPE.”
Her scribbles also displayed confusion about her responsibility for the murders. She wrote: “I haven’t done anything wrong. Police investigation forget slander. Discrimination. Victimisation. All getting too much everything taking over my life. Hate myself so much for what this has . . . I feel very alone and scared.”
It also said: “What does the future hold. How can I get through it. How will things ever be like they used. HATE. PANIC. FEAR. LOST. I don’t deserve to live. I DID THIS. WHY ME. I killed them on purpose because I’m not good enough for them and I am a horrible evil person. I don’t deserve Mum and Dad. World is better off without me.”
In the trial, Letby denied the note was any form of confession, and wrote it when being moved off the unit in July 2016 because she couldn’t deal with being blamed for something she hadn’t done. The prosecution responded that the notes should be “read literally”.
DS Hughes told the Daily Mail he believes the notes suggest Letby wanted notoriety, therefore providing some explanation behind her motive.
He questions why she did not shred the papers and other incriminating evidence when she knew the police were investigating in May 2017.
He said: “In my view, she wrote it down and left it for us to find. She knew the police were investigating. She knew her colleagues had been spoken to by the police. She knew at some point we would be speaking to her, so either recklessly or intentionally she wrote it down to be found.”
DS Hughes does not believe Letby went into nursing with the intention of murdering babies, but says nursing “gave her the opportunity to be around the most vulnerable in society”, and that once she “saw the attention she received, that lit something inside of her that she continued with”.
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