Photograph: Cheshire constabulary/PA

Lucy Letby’s attempt to challenge her convictions has been rejected by the Court of Appeal, according to a judicial spokeswoman who confirmed the decision on Tuesday.

The former nurse, convicted in August 2023 and sentenced to 14 whole life orders for the murders of seven infants and the attempted murders of six others, had sought permission to appeal all her convictions. The crimes occurred between June 2015 and June 2016 at the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital, where Letby was employed, reported BBC.

Typically, applications for permission to appeal are initially assessed by a judge based on legal documents, and in this instance, the judge declined Letby’s application after reviewing the case documents. Following such a refusal, individuals have a 14-day window to renew their bid for permission, which may lead to a full court hearing before two or three judges.

During Letby’s trial at Manchester Crown Court, the jury was unable to reach verdicts on six counts of attempted murder involving five children. As a result, Letby is scheduled for a retrial in June on a single count of attempting to murder a baby girl, referred to as Child K, in February 2016.

It’s important to note that a court order prohibits the disclosure of the identities of both the surviving and deceased children who were the subjects of the allegations, adding a layer of complexity and sensitivity to the legal proceedings.

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