A fundraiser launched to raise money for Lucy Letby to appeal her conviction has been criticized as “disgusting” and “an absolute travesty”.
The US-based activist who launched the fundraiser claims the serial killer’s conviction “represents possibly the greatest miscarriage of justice the UK has ever seen”.
A former neonatal nurse, Letby has been revealed as Britain’s most prolific child serial killer after she was convicted of murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six others while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
She is one of only four women sentenced to life imprisonment, meaning she will die behind bars. Although she has the right to appeal her verdict, successful appeals of this nature are rare and her legal team has not announced whether she intends to appeal.
Led by Sarrita Adams, a California-based science advisor for biotech startups, the campaign’s goal is to “ensure that scientific evidence is used responsibly in the criminal justice system.” According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms Adams holds a PhD from Cambridge.
Taking to social media, members of the public called the campaign an “absolute disgrace”, while another said it would only “bring more suffering” to their victims’ families.
One user wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, “What’s wrong with these people who think she’s innocent?” I can understand why people are angry about this.”
Dubbed Science to Court, Ms Adams and her activists hope to secure a new trial for Letby and claim to be working with “scientists, lawyers and activists”.
The campaign is not currently open for donations, but the Donate button says “Coming Soon”.
In a statement on the campaign’s website, the medical evidence presented at the trial, as well as the decision to entrust medical expert Dr. Dewi Evans criticized for allowing testimony about the air injections and the quality of his applications.
It also alleges that prosecutors “weaponized” evidence and that Letby’s defense arguments were not “adequate” even though the nurse took the stand.
“Our first mission is to fight for a new trial for Lucy Letby, who has recently been convicted of murdering young children and is in her care at the Countess of Chester Hospital in the UK,” reads the campaign website.
“The trial of Lucy Letby represents possibly the greatest miscarriage of justice the UK has ever seen. Through fundraising, research and legal assistance, we aim to ensure that Lucy Letby has a fair trial with reliable evidence. We are currently working to form a group of academics, lawyers and activists to support the upcoming appeal for Lucy Letby.”