'Why I don't think Lucy Letby is a clinical psychopath'

Forensic psychiatrist Dr Sohom Das has challenged the theory that Lucy Letby deliberately left incriminating notes to help the authorities catch her.

The prosecution used the notes against the neonatal nurse during her trial at Manchester Crown Court, where she was found guilty of murdering seven babies and the attempted murders of six more.

Speaking to TalkTV's David Bull and Nicola Thorpe, Dr Das said: "I can see why it might be an interesting angle to think that Lucy Letby leaves little clues, but I don't buy it.

"Letby definitely has some misguided personality traits. She clearly lacks empathy, she is clearly impulsive. But I don't think she's a clinical psychopath because she doesn't have the deception".

Dr Das has dismissed claims that a series of scribbled notes Letby left in a handbag are evidence of a serious mental illness, adding her crimes probably weren't the result of psychopathy or sociopathy.

He explained: "It could be she simply enjoyed power and domination. We're talking about the God complex, which I think is relevant.

"I wonder if she took some pleasure in deceiving people. She's the one who caused the death of your baby, but also the one who offers you comfort.

"You don't often see that in murderers and I often see it in perpetrators of fraud."

Nicola said: "I think we're guilty in the West, of over-pathologising people who commit crimes like this because we try to rationalise why they would do such a thing; only someone who was mentally ill could do XYZ."

Senior doctors at the hospital, where the nurse carried out her year-long killing spree on the neonatal unit, raised concerns for months before she was finally taken off frontline duties.

As speculation continues to mount ahead of the independent inquiry into the Letby murders, Dr Das offered a chilling opinion on why the nurse was not apprehended earlier.

"I think the thing about Lucy that makes it quite unique, and also makes the whole situation horrific, is the fact there weren't any red flags.

"There was nothing wrong with her behaviour. She wasn't seen as anti-social, she wasn't seen as impulsive. I would argue that it's difficult, if not impossible, to actually follow or monitor the actions of all doctors and nurses."