Lawyer for UK nurse accused of baby murders warns against ‘presumption of guilt’

The offences are alleged to have taken place on the neo-natal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital in northwest England (Lindsey Parnaby)

The prosecution of a nurse accused of killing seven infants at a UK hospital the place she labored has been “riddled by the presumption of guilt”, her lawyer stated on Monday.

In a closing speech in Lucy Letby’s defence after months of testimony at Manchester Crown Courtroom, Ben Myers stated the whole lot introduced by prosecutors has been “handled as proof of guilt”.

“What is de facto at work is finest described because the presumption of guilt,” he added.

“I’m going to ask you to method the proof with one thing else on the forefront of your thoughts — that is one thing referred to as the presumption of innocence,” Myers implored the jury of eight girls and 4 males.

“Being honest and dealing on the premise that somebody is harmless till confirmed responsible is how our legislation works.”

Letby, 33, who can be accused of trying to kill one other 10 infants within the neo-natal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester, northwest England, has denied harming youngsters.

– ‘Very calculating’ –

Jurors have been listening to the case since October, and are set to start deliberations shortly over the 22 fees she faces.

Letby is accused of focusing on newborns by varied means between June 2015 and June 2016, together with giving them injections of insulin, air or milk.

She was faraway from the neo-natal unit in July 2016 however continued working on the hospital on clerical duties earlier than her arrest two years later.

Prosecutors argued she was a “very calculating lady” who advised lies intentionally, telling the jury she had “murdered many youngsters”.

However when she entered the witness field final month, Letby insisted she “at all times needed to work with youngsters” and stated it was “devastating” to seek out out she was blamed for the deaths of the infants.

She is dealing with seven homicide fees and 15 of tried homicide, as she allegedly tried to kill some youngsters greater than as soon as.

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