Lucy Letby supporters plot protest at killer nurse's appeal hearing

Serial killer nurse Lucy Letby seen here on her arrest in Chester on July 3, 2018 -Credit:Getty Images
Serial killer nurse Lucy Letby seen here on her arrest in Chester on July 3, 2018 -Credit:Getty Images

People campaigning for the freedom of Lucy Letby are plotting to stage a protest outside her upcoming appeal hearing. The nurse's supporters plan to produce placards proclaiming that Britain's worst baby killer is a victim of a miscarriage of justice.

And they even intend to get inside the building by booking spectator seats. Letby's supporters intend to stage a demo outside the Royal Courts of Justice on April 25, where the 34-year-old is expected to appear via video link.

Making plans on a closed Facebook group, The Mirror reports that one of her supporters said: "Let's take placards. There is nothing to stop us protesting outside the building, let's all meet in person." Another chimed in: "Free Lucy brilliant idea!"

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And one user said of getting inside the court: "There are limited spaces open to the public, we need to apply in advance." A reply read: "I've put a screenshot in the comments, it has email addresses for inquiries. Make sure to apply ASAP."

Letby lodged an appeal application shortly after getting a life sentence in August last year for murdering seven tots and attempting to kill six more at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Her bid was originally turned down at the first stage when a single judge reviewed the evidence. But she was later granted a full court hearing and her case is set to be considered by a panel of judges. If she loses, it will be the end of the appeal process.

Her trial at Manchester Crown Court heard detectives found scrawled notes in Letby's home in which she wrote 'I am evil I did this' and 'I killed them on purpose because I am not good enough'.

At her sentencing, Letby, originally from Hereford, was handed multiple whole-life terms, only the fourth woman in UK history to receive such a sentence.

Lucy Letby is making another attempt to appeal her convictions
Lucy Letby -Credit:Cheshire Police

In August last year, Letby was sentenced following a trial at Manchester Crown Court. She was handed 14 whole life orders after being convicted of the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of six others, with two attempts on one of her victims.

The offences took place at the Countess of Chester Hospital's neonatal unit, where Letby worked as a nurse, between June 2015 and June 2016. The jury was unable to reach verdicts on six counts of attempted murder in relation to five children.

Letby, from Hereford, will face a retrial at the same court in June on a single count that she attempted to murder a baby girl, known as Child K, in February 2016. A court order prohibits reporting of the identities of the surviving and dead children who were the subject of the allegations.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on six attempted murder counts and it was later announced Letby will face a retrial over the near death of a seventh baby. The Mirror previously revealed a petition on calling for her convictions to be quashed which had nearly 2,000 signatures. It claims evidence given in Letby's trial was 'insufficient'.