Former neonatal nurse Lucy Letby sold the semi-detached property she once called home for £200,000 in December 2019, before she was handed a whole-life order for her heinous crimes
From the outside, Lucy Letby was completely ordinary – a young woman who lived alone in her three-bedroom house on Westbourne Road in Chester. She worked as an NHS neonatal nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital, which was only a five-minute drive away and would often leave before dawn and return home late.
Letby’s parents had helped her buy the semi-detached home for £179,000 in April 2016, and she’d made it her own, framing prints on the walls and decorating her bedroom with fairy lights. Her neighbours, largely made up of pensioners and families, had no reason to pay her attention – until she was arrested outside the property.
The evil killer was later convicted of murdering seven babies and deliberately harming six more in her care, between June 2015 and 2016, and handed a whole-life order. And in September, it was announced that Letby is facing a re-trial for one count of attempted murder of a newborn baby girl.
Earlier this week, her heinous crimes were examined by journalist Paul Brand in a new ITV documentary After Lucy Letby: Silence on the Wards? He was joined by Dr Ravi Jayaram, the medical professional who helped catch Letby.
In December 2019, the criminal, thought to be imprisoned at HMP Low Newton in Durham, made the decision to sell her home for £201,000, to a man who later admitted he knew the owner had been accused of murdering babies when he bought it.
Dean Porter, who works as a wind turbine technician, told the Daily Mail earlier this year: “I was aware of the previous owner’s background when I bought it. I was told by the estate agent what was going on but obviously, I’ve got nothing to do with the previous owner.” He declined to comment on what it is like to live in a serial killer’s former home. Here, we take a look at what it was like inside…