Mother of woman raped by morgue pervert demands hospital boss resigns

‘If you are truly sorry you would quit’: Mother of woman defiled by morgue pervert David Fuller calls for hospital boss to resign for not noticing the decades of vile abuse

  • David Fuller today admitted to 1987 murders of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce 
  • But police also found Fuller had sex with 100 dead bodies in hospital morgues
  • One of the victims was law graduate Azra Kemal, 24, who died after a fall
  • Her mother today revealed how her daughter was subjected to sickening abuse 

A mother whose daughter was raped at least three times by a hospital electrician as she lay in the morgue has spoken of her anger at the ease in which he was able to access his victims and called for the trust boss to quit.

Married hoarder David Fuller today admitted to the murders of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in 1987.

Police were stumped by the mystery for more than three decades, before finally making a breakthrough using DNA.

Fuller was arrested at his home in East Sussex last year but before he confessed to the two killings, detectives found the 67-year-old had sex with more than 100 dead bodies in morgues at the hospitals where he worked.

It emerged in court that the pervert kept a detailed diary of his sex assaults, penned in his own handwriting and secreted in the home he shared with his wife. 

One of his victims was 24-year-old law graduate Azra Kemal, who died after falling through a gap above the A21 dual carriageway in Kent.

Today, her mother, Nevres, revealed how her daughter was the subject of sickening abuse after her death. 

The first attack took place only hours after she had visited to say a heartbreaking farewell, before Fuller struck again shortly after the parent had left, Sky News reports.

In an emotional interview with the site’s Home Editor Jason Farrell, a family friend, she said: ‘I had spent two hours in the mortuary sleeping with her. And that gave me some sort of comfort. Little did I know that my daughter had been violated prior to that day and the evening of that day.

‘So, whilst I’m stroking my daughter’s hair, sleeping on her hair, a man had… crawled all over her skin… And there’s me kissing and cuddling and saying my last goodbyes.

‘What does one think? How do you comprehend such a thing?’

One of his victims was 24-year-old law graduate Azra Kemal, who died after falling through a gap above the A21 dual carriageway in Kent

Today, her mother, Nevres, revealed how her daughter (pictured) was the subject of sickening abuse after her death 

Fuller was arrested at his home in East Sussex last year but before he confessed to the two killings, detectives found the 67-year-old had sex with more than 100 dead bodies in morgues at the hospitals where he worked 

Ms Kemal went on to demand the resignation of Miles Scott (pictured), chief executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, where Fuller continued to work for years until his arrest last year

Ms Kemal spoke of her anger at the ease in which Fuller was allowed to access his victims, having reportedly gained entry to the mortuary and autopsy area thousands of times.

She added: ‘I’m told he was the man to go to. He always made himself available to the mortuary staff. They thought he was a great guy and basically, he groomed them. They became compliant and they never questioned him.

‘Like women who are raped around the world they have a voice, Azra has a voice – I am speaking out for my daughter.’ 

Ms Kemal went on to demand the resignation of Miles Scott, chief executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, where Fuller continued to work for years until his arrest last year.

‘He should ask the victims ‘do you think I’m the best person to be managing this hospital trust?’ If you are truly sorry, you would step aside,’ she said.

The trust has since announced an independent investigation will be launched to determine whether more could have been done to prevent the crimes. 

Sir Jonathan Michael – a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians – has been commissioned to carry out the probe.

Mr Scott said today: ‘I want to say on behalf of the Trust, how shocked and appalled I am by the criminal activity by David Fuller in our hospital mortuary that has been revealed in court this week.

‘And most importantly, I want to apologise to the families of those who’ve been the victims of these terrible crimes.

‘We’ve been working with a team of specialist Police Family Liaison Officers to offer these families whatever help or assistance they may need.

‘I am confident that our mortuary today is safe and secure. But I am determined to see if there are any lessons to be learned or systems to be improved.’


Married hoarder David Fuller finally admitted the murder of Wendy Knell (left) and Caroline Pierce (right) in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in 1987 after the crime mystified police for three decades 

The pervert kept a detailed diary of his sex assaults, penned in his own handwriting and secreted in the home he shared with his wife

Fuller was identified as the prime suspect in the murders of Ms Knell and Ms Pierce after a DNA breakthrough achieved by analysing genetic material found at the crime scenes and searching criminal databases for relatives.

The electrician was totally unknown to police but officers discovered a partial DNA match in one of his relatives after combing through a list of 1,000 people on the database who could be related to the killer.

After investigating Fuller, who had 1,000 extreme images of sexual abuse in his possession, officers arrested him at his home in Heathfield, East Sussex, where he lived with his family, in the early hours of December 3 2020. 

Footage of the arrest released by Kent Police today shows Fuller – who was still working for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust at the time – opening the door to officers, to which he declares: ‘Oh, blimey.’ 

It emerged in court that the pervert kept a detailed diary of his sex assaults, penned in his own handwriting and secreted in the home he shared with his wife. 

But he was finally unmasked last year and his offending – described today by the CPS as ‘a kind no British court has seen before’ – was brought into the daylight. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she hoped the victims’ families can ‘find some solace in seeing justice finally done’.

Describing the case as ‘shocking’, she added: ‘The sickening nature of the crimes committed will understandably cause public revulsion and concern.’ 

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