Child serial killer Lucy Letby has formally lodged a bid to challenge her conviction at the Court of Appeal, officials have confirmed.
Court staff said on Friday they had received an application for permission to appeal.
Letby, 33, was sentenced to a whole life order after jurors convicted her of the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of six others at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit in 2015 and 2016.
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The Department of Health has previously said an independent inquiry will be held into Letby’s case, and will examine “the circumstances surrounding the deaths and incidents – including how concerns raised by clinicians were dealt with”.
Prosecutors are also expected to announce later this month whether they intend to seek a retrial for Letby on a number of outstanding allegations.
Letby is only the fourth woman to receive a life order after serial killers Myra Hindley, Rose West and Joanna Dennehy.
She was not in court for the sentencing. She previously indicated she did not intend to appear and would not follow the hearing via video-link from prison.
More than a dozen relatives of Letby’s victims were in attendance, however.
Ruling that she will spend the rest of her days behind bars, Mr Justice Goss said: "There was a malevolence bordering on sadism in your actions.
"During the course of this trial you have coldly denied any responsibility for your wrongdoing.
"You have no remorse. There are no mitigating factors."
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Earlier, the victims' families addressed an empty dock as they told Letby “you are nothing” and “you are evil”.
The father of two of the children murdered by Letby said in a pre-recorded video statement played in court earlier today: "Lucy Letby has destroyed our lives.
"The anger and the hatred I have towards her will never go away.
"It has destroyed me as a man and as a father.
"The continual pressure of having the trial hanging over us has been immense and difficult to describe.
"Even after the trial has ended, it will continue to haunt us and will always have an impact on our lives."
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