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The Independent UK
The Independent UK
Jane Dalton and Matt Mathers

Lucy Letby verdict – latest: Doctors who flagged concerns over killer nurse ‘were ordered to apologise’

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Police footage shows neonatal unit in hospital where Lucy Letby worked

Serial killer nurse Lucy Letby’s refusal to attend her own sentencing for the murder of seven babies has prompted calls for criminals to be forced to face justice in person.

Letby, 33, was also convicted of the attempted murder of six newborns at Countess of Chester Hospital in 2015 and 2016.

But she didn’t attend court to hear the final verdicts read out on Friday and has refused to attend her sentencing on Monday. The judge told the court on Thursday, August 17, he had no power to make Letby attend but that he would comment on it during her sentencing.

But Sky News has reported that the government is looking to change the law to force criminals to appear.

A Ministry of Justice source said: “We’re committed to changing the law as soon as we can to ensure offenders face the consequences.”

It comes after claims consultants who raised concerns about Letby were forced to apologise to her.

And parents and doctors have called for a full public inquiry into how she went undetected for so long

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