Lucy Letby ‘will have a price on her head’ and live ‘looking over her shoulder’ as prisoners ‘target’ killer nurse

Targeted in her harsh prison, killer nurse Lucy Letby will spend the rest of her life “looking over her shoulder.”

The 33-year-old monster will die in prison after being handed a life sentence for murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six others.

Lucy Letby will be at risk from other prisoners


Lucy Letby will be at risk from other prisonersPhoto credit: PA

Letby is believed to be serving her sentence at the tough HMP Low Newton in County Durham, home to some of the country’s deadliest criminals.

The “vulnerable” nurse was initially kept away from other prisoners because of the nature of her heinous crimes, prison experts say.

Yvonne Jewkes, a professor of criminology at the University of Bath, told the Daily Star: “Maybe she has a bounty on her head.

“In the best-case scenario, it will be exposed to extreme conditions mobbing and intimidation.

“At worst, she could be in significant physical danger.”

Letby will likely spend some time in the prison’s infirmary to physically and mentally examine her Healthas well as to separate them from other lags.

Tania Bassett from Napo – the probation and family union and professional association Court Staff said this was because she was “vulnerable” to other prisoners.

Anyone convicted of murder is also automatically placed under suicide supervision, with potential mental health issues compounded by spending so much time alone.

Ms Bassett said: “Infanticide can evoke a lot of strong emotions and a large number of these women in prison are separated from their children.”

“If you become known as a baby killer, the majority of women in custody endanger her, so she will spend much of her sentence alone.”

“Prison officials will be the only people she has contact with.”

Mark Leech, editor of the Prison Oracle website, told Letby’s Future Things are looking bleak in prison as she spends some time as a “restricted status” prisoner.

She is being held alone for at least six months, with most of her communication with prison staff through a hatch in her door.

But Letby will still be able to watch TV, read newspapers or books, and exercise for an hour each day.

Mark said, “There will almost certainly be people who want to get close to her — but for all the wrong reasons.”

“Every relationship she forms leads nowhere as every other prisoner is eventually released. It can be difficult mentally as it increases feelings of isolation.”

“She has to come to terms with the gravity of what she did, why she did it and the devastation she caused in the lives of others. But she has the rest of her life to do that. She’s not going anywhere. She will die behind bars.”

Britain’s most prolific child killer murdered seven babies during a year-long reign of terror at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

She also attempted to kill six others as she became a “constant malevolent presence” in the neonatal unit.

Letby yesterday became the fourth woman ever to be handed a life sentence, after Rose West, Joanna Dennehy and Myra Hindley, who died in 2002.

The shameless monster refused to appear in court to face justice, which the families of her victims described as “the last act of a coward’s wickedness.”

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At the sentencing hearing, Judge Goss said there was “a malice in your actions that borders on sadism” and told her, “You will spend the rest of your life behind bars.”

Letby is housed separately for her own safety


Letby is housed separately for her own safetyCredit: Cavendish
It is understood she may be serving a sentence at HMP Low Newton, where inmates include Rose West


It is understood she may be serving a sentence at HMP Low Newton, where inmates include Rose West
Letby was jailed yesterday for the murder of seven babies


Letby was jailed yesterday for the murder of seven babiesPhoto credit: PA

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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