A nurse accused of murdering seven babies at the United Kingdom hospital where she worked denied on Tuesday ever trying to harm them, as she gave evidence at her trial.

Lucy Letby, 33, who is also accused of attempting to kill another 10 babies in the neo-natal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital in northwest England, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.She has been on trial at Manchester Crown Court for the past seven months but entered the witness box for the first time to face questions about the spate of deaths in 2015 and 2016.

Confirming she had cared for hundreds of babies during that period, she was asked by her lawyer, Ben Myers, if she ever wanted to hurt them.

“No, that’s completely against being what a nurse is,” Letby replied.

The neo-natal nurse was first informed she was being blamed for the deaths in a letter from the Royal College of Nursing union in September 2016.

Letby, originally from Hereford in western England, was initially placed on clerical duties before her arrest in July 2018.



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