Tuesday, 26 Sep 2023

Lucy Letby's parents 'to move closer to prison to be near their daughter'

Lucy Letby’s parents want to move closer to the prison their daughter will spend the rest of her days in, neighbours have said.

Jonathan Letby, 77 and Susan Letby, 63, are reportedly planning to leave Letby’s childhood home in Hereford to live closer to HMP Low Newton, near Durham.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, has been quoted as saying that while Mr Letby seemed to prefer the idea of staying in their house, Mrs Letby was ‘determined’ to make the 250-mile move.

They told the MailOnline: ‘She’s their life really, and they’re convinced of her innocence, but eventually they may have to let her go.’

A different neighbour told how the couple had ‘hardly’ been seen since their 33-year-old daughter was first arrested in 2018.

The local said: ‘At first, they spent all their time at the back of the house and never even answered the phone.

‘This is a friendly cul-de-sac and people do feel for them, but I guess there will always be a bit of finger-pointing, and more so as new people move in who never knew John and Susan.’

The devoted parents had already moved out of their home to rent a flat near Manchester Crown Court so they could attend Letby’s trial.

They attended each hearing every day for 10 months but refused to turn up to hear the final verdicts or the sentencing.

When the court read out the first round of guilty verdicts, Mrs Letby broke down and cried: ‘You can’t be serious. This cannot be right.’

Letby became only the fourth woman to be given a whole life tariff for murdering seven babies and trying to kill six more while working in the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit between 2015 and 2016.

Unable to comprehend how someone could embark on such an evil spree, many have have searched for answers in Letby’s life.

But nothing significant has come out about her upbringing, with Letby’s only complaint about her parents being that they could be ‘a little suffocating’.

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The jury heard how Mr and Mrs Letby were upset when their daughter did not return home after university, something which Letby said made her feel ‘guilty’.

Messaging a friend who mentioned emigrating to New Zealand, Letby said: ‘I couldn’t leave my parents.

‘They would be completely devastated. Find it hard enough being away from me now and it’s only 100 miles.

‘I came here to uni and didn’t go back. They hate it and I feel guilty for staying here sometimes but it’s what I want.

‘My parents worry massively about everything and anything, hate that I live alone etc.

‘I feel bad because I know it’s really hard for them especially as I’m an only child, and they mean well, just a little suffocating at times and constantly feel guilty.’

When Letby was arrested again in June 2019 and November 2020, her mother pleaded with police to take her instead, claiming ‘I did it.’

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