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Court artist sketch of Nicholas Johnson KC cross-examining nurse Lucy Letby at Manchester Crown Court (Picture: PA)

Nurse Lucy Letby claims a ‘gang of four’ consultants pinned a spate of baby deaths on her to cover up hospital failings. 

The 33-year-old, who denies murdering seven infants and trying to kill 10 others, named the senior doctors at the Countess of Chester Hospital she suggests have plotted against her. 

Prosecutor Nick Johnson KC, cross-examining for a second day, asked: ‘Four doctors. A gang of four let’s call them. What’s the conspiracy?’ 

Letby replied: ‘They have apportioned blame on to me.’ Mr Johnson asked: ‘The motive?’ Letby said: ‘I believe to cover failings at the hospital.’ 

She named Dr Stephen Brearey, Dr John Gibbs, Dr Ravi Jayaram and one other doctor who cannot be named for legal reasons. 

Earlier Mr Johnson suggested Letby was the only ‘common feature’ and had to be the person responsible for harming the babies. 

He said: ‘Do you agree that if certain combinations of these children were attacked, then unless there was more than one person attacking them, you have to be the attacker?’ 

Letby replied: ‘No, I have not attacked anyone.’ 

Letby named the senior doctors at the Countess of Chester Hospital she suggests have plotted against her (Picture: Chester Standard/SWNS)

Mr Johnson continued: ‘If the jury conclude that a certain combination were actually attacked by someone, then the shift pattern gives us the answer, who the attacker was?’ 

Letby replied: ‘No, I don’t agree. Just because I was on shift doesn’t mean I have done anything.’ 

Mr Johnson said: ‘If the jury conclude, let’s say babies five, eight, 10 and 12, were all attacked, you are the only common feature, it would have to be, you are the attacker?’ 

Letby replied: ‘That’s for them to decide.’ 

Jurors have heard that she took a photo on her phone of a sympathy card she wrote to be passed to colleagues attending the funeral of one of the babies – Child I. 

Letby is accused of killing the infant at the fourth attempt. 

The sympathy card that was shown to the jury in the Lucy Letby murder trial at Manchester Crown Court (Picture: PA)

Mr Johnson said: ‘You took a picture of a card, addressed to the parents of a child who had died in dreadful circumstances, at the place where she died.’ 

Letby told the court: ‘The place is insignificant. My usual behaviour is to photograph things that I send or receive.’ 

The prosecutor asked: ‘Did it give you a bit of a thrill to photograph it at the place where this poor unfortunate child died?’ 

Letby replied: ‘Absolutely not.’ 

She also admitted occasionally visiting the unit at night while not working a shift but said it would have been to fill in paperwork or speak to colleagues. 

Mr Johnson said she had been on the unit on a day off when a baby girl, Child G – who she allegedly tried to murder – was seriously ill. 

Letby denies all the alleged offences said to have taken place between June 2015 and June 2016 (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

The prosecutor said: ‘You had been having a look at her, hadn’t you? Why are you looking at this child?’ 

Letby said she was ‘checking on her’ as the paperwork she had come back to complete related to that baby. 

Mr Johnson continued: ‘There’s no record of you going into the unit from the swipe data. You would not need a pass to get in. You could ring the buzzer and walk in. People trusted you.’ 

She replied: ‘To go to the unit at night, you have to have a reason to go. It was quieter at night.’ 

Letby, from Hereford, denies all the alleged offences said to have taken place between June 2015 and June 2016. 

Her trial at Manchester Crown Court continues.

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Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Nicholas Johnson KC cross-examining nurse Lucy Letby, as she appears in the dock at Manchester Crown Court where she is charged with the murder of seven babies and the attempted murder of another ten, between June 2015 and June 2016 while working on the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital. Picture date: Thursday May 18, 2023.See PA story COURTS Letby. Photo credit should read: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Court artist sketch of Nicholas Johnson KC cross-examining nurse Lucy Letby at Manchester Crown Court (Picture: PA)

Nurse Lucy Letby claims a ‘gang of four’ consultants pinned a spate of baby deaths on her to cover up hospital failings. 

The 33-year-old, who denies murdering seven infants and trying to kill 10 others, named the senior doctors at the Countess of Chester Hospital she suggests have plotted against her. 

Prosecutor Nick Johnson KC, cross-examining for a second day, asked: ‘Four doctors. A gang of four let’s call them. What’s the conspiracy?’ 

Letby replied: ‘They have apportioned blame on to me.’ Mr Johnson asked: ‘The motive?’ Letby said: ‘I believe to cover failings at the hospital.’ 

She named Dr Stephen Brearey, Dr John Gibbs, Dr Ravi Jayaram and one other doctor who cannot be named for legal reasons. 

Earlier Mr Johnson suggested Letby was the only ‘common feature’ and had to be the person responsible for harming the babies. 

He said: ‘Do you agree that if certain combinations of these children were attacked, then unless there was more than one person attacking them, you have to be the attacker?’ 

Letby replied: ‘No, I have not attacked anyone.’ 

Letby named the senior doctors at the Countess of Chester Hospital she suggests have plotted against her (Picture: Chester Standard/SWNS)

Mr Johnson continued: ‘If the jury conclude that a certain combination were actually attacked by someone, then the shift pattern gives us the answer, who the attacker was?’ 

Letby replied: ‘No, I don’t agree. Just because I was on shift doesn’t mean I have done anything.’ 

Mr Johnson said: ‘If the jury conclude, let’s say babies five, eight, 10 and 12, were all attacked, you are the only common feature, it would have to be, you are the attacker?’ 

Letby replied: ‘That’s for them to decide.’ 

Jurors have heard that she took a photo on her phone of a sympathy card she wrote to be passed to colleagues attending the funeral of one of the babies – Child I. 

Letby is accused of killing the infant at the fourth attempt. 

The sympathy card that was shown to the jury in the Lucy Letby murder trial at Manchester Crown Court (Picture: PA)

Mr Johnson said: ‘You took a picture of a card, addressed to the parents of a child who had died in dreadful circumstances, at the place where she died.’ 

Letby told the court: ‘The place is insignificant. My usual behaviour is to photograph things that I send or receive.’ 

The prosecutor asked: ‘Did it give you a bit of a thrill to photograph it at the place where this poor unfortunate child died?’ 

Letby replied: ‘Absolutely not.’ 

She also admitted occasionally visiting the unit at night while not working a shift but said it would have been to fill in paperwork or speak to colleagues. 

Mr Johnson said she had been on the unit on a day off when a baby girl, Child G – who she allegedly tried to murder – was seriously ill. 

Letby denies all the alleged offences said to have taken place between June 2015 and June 2016 (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

The prosecutor said: ‘You had been having a look at her, hadn’t you? Why are you looking at this child?’ 

Letby said she was ‘checking on her’ as the paperwork she had come back to complete related to that baby. 

Mr Johnson continued: ‘There’s no record of you going into the unit from the swipe data. You would not need a pass to get in. You could ring the buzzer and walk in. People trusted you.’ 

She replied: ‘To go to the unit at night, you have to have a reason to go. It was quieter at night.’ 

Letby, from Hereford, denies all the alleged offences said to have taken place between June 2015 and June 2016. 

Her trial at Manchester Crown Court continues.

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected].

For more stories like this, check our news page.

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