Sunak slams cowardly killers who avoid court appearances
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has criticized Lucy Letby for her refusal to appear in court to face justice as she is sentenced for the murder of seven babies. He called the killer nurse's decision cowardly and expressed his sympathy for the families of the victims who will not have the opportunity to deliver victim impact statements in her presence. Sunak has also vowed to introduce changes to the law to ensure that killers are compelled to attend their court hearings.
Victims' families denied justice as Letby refuses to attend sentencing
Lucy Letby, who was found guilty last week of killing seven infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital, has chosen not to turn up for her sentencing. This means that the families of the victims will not be able to make victim impact statements in her presence. Ministers have expressed their intention to amend the law to make it mandatory for killers to attend their court hearings.
Government committed to change the law
During a visit to a nursery in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Sunak extended his sympathies to everyone affected by these crimes. He denounced the actions of those who commit such horrendous crimes and refuse to face their victims. Sunak stated that the government is actively working on changing the law to ensure that killers are obliged to attend their court hearings. Children's Minister Claire Coutinho also affirmed the government's commitment to holding criminals accountable.
Inquiry launched into hospital's handling of concerns
Following Letby's conviction, an independent non-statutory inquiry has been ordered by the government to investigate how the hospital addressed the concerns raised by doctors and the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the babies. The probe will also examine Letby's care of 4,000 babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital between 2012 and 2016, as well as her work placements at Liverpool Women's Hospital in 2012 and 2015.
PM supports non-statutory inquiry
Responding to calls for a statutory inquiry, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defended the decision to proceed with a non-statutory probe. He emphasized that the focus should be on providing answers to the families affected, learning from the mistakes, conducting the investigations transparently, and completing the inquiry as quickly as possible.
Heartbreaking victim impact statements
The victim impact statements from the families of the murdered babies were profoundly heartbreaking. One mother expressed that what was supposed to be the best year of their lives turned into a nightmare due to Letby's actions. Another mother described the overwhelming emotion she felt holding her baby boy, knowing that his murderer was watching them. Both mothers emphasized the lasting trauma caused by Letby's crimes and the excruciating agony the families have endured.
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