A British nurse jailed for life for murdering seven newborn babies and attempting to kill six others has filed a legal bid to appeal her conviction, court officials said Friday.
Staff at the Court of Appeal of England and Wales confirmed that an application had been received from Lucy Letby for leave to appeal against all her convictions.
Applications for leave to appeal against a decision of a lower Crown Court are usually heard by a judge without a hearing.
If this is refused, permission can still be requested during a full hearing before two or three judges.
Lucy Letby, 33, was convicted last month of murdering five baby boys and two baby girls, making her the most prolific child serial killer in Britain’s modern history.
She was arrested between June 2015 and June 2016 after a series of deaths in the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital in north-west England.
She consistently denied all allegations.
The jury in Letby’s months-long trial acquitted her of two charges of attempted murder and failed to reach a verdict on six other charges.
Prosecutors are expected to confirm next week whether or not they will request a new trial on these charges.
The government has announced an independent inquiry into its shocking case to investigate how doctors’ concerns were handled by Chester hospital managers.
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