Nurse accused of 7 baby murders wrote I am evil, I did this on note, jury told

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    A former nurse on trial for allegedly murdering seven babies is claimed to have scrawled incriminating messages on post-it notes found in her home, a court heard.

    Lucy Letby, 32, was working as a nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital's neo-natal unit when the horror killings took place.

    And at trial today (October 13) at Manchester Crown Court, prosecutor Nick Johnson KC revealed police had allegedly found harrowing post-it notes posted around her home.

    As he finished opening the prosecution's case, Mr Johnson told the court: "I want to show you one note in particular.

    "On another piece of paper she wrote: 'I don’t deserve to live. I killed them on purpose because I’m not good enough.'

    "'I am a horrible evil person,' and in capital letters, 'I AM EVIL I DID THIS.'"

    Another post-it read out to the jury expressed Letby's irritation at not being allowed back onto the National Nurses United (NNU) as a result of the case.

    Mr Johnson added: "In her writings, she expressed frustration at the fact that she was not being allowed back on the NNU and wrote 'I haven’t done anything wrong and they have no evidence so why have I had to hide away?'

    "Her notes also expressed concern for the long-term effects of what she feared was being alleged against her and there are many protestations of innocence.''

    Letby is suspected of either injecting victims with insulin, milk or air on the neo-natal ward where she was entrusted to care for premature or sick new-borns.

    The court heard that the nurse killed a day-old boy with insulin and then tried to murder another with a shot of air the next day.

    Another baby, who was in a 'good condition' at birth and 'had been stable', reportedly died less than 90 minutes after Letby took over his care.

    Letby has denied murdering five boys and two girls in court and has also denied all other charges against her.

    Mr Johnson said at a previous hearing that Letby was a "constant malevolent presence" at the Cheshire hospital.

    The prosecutor continued and said consultants raised the alarm after spotting a significant rise in the number of babies who were dying.

    "They searched for a cause,’’ he said. "Their concern was that babies who were dying had deteriorated unexpectedly.

    "Not only that but when babies collapsed they did not respond to appropriate and timely resuscitation. Some other babies who did not die collapsed dramatically but then recovered.

    "Their collapses and recoveries defied the normal experience of the treating doctors. Babies who had not been unstable at all suddenly deteriorated.

    "Sometimes babies who had been sick but then been on the mend suddenly deteriorated for no apparent reason.

    The prosecution alleged before the jury that the common denominator in these instances was Lucy Letby.

    The trial continues.

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