David Fuller admits horrible list of sick crimes, Azra Kemal named victim


ATTENTION: distressing content. Azra Kemal, pictured, was among the nearly 100 victims of a necrophilic killer who sexually abused corpses.

ATTENTION: distressing content

A UK man who sexually abused at least 99 corpses in hospital morgues, including children as young as nine, admitted killing two women and raping them as they were dying.

David Fuller, 67, beat Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce to death in their Kent apartments in 1987 in crimes known as bed murders.

More than 20 years after the atrocities, him dozens of contaminated dead women and girls in morgues he had access to through his job as a technical supervisor at a hospital.

The youngest victim of his perversions was just nine, while the oldest was 100.

Fuller, from the affluent market town of Heathfield in East Sussex, initially pleaded guilty to manslaughter on reduced liability grounds.

However, halfway through his trial, he suddenly admitted killing women. He wants behind bars.

Following his guilty pleadings, it can also be reported that the accused has already admitted 51 other crimes, including 44 counts relating to deceased victims.

The charges include sexual penetration of a corpse, possession of an extreme pornographic image involving sexual interference with a corpse, and the taking of indecent images of children.

Only one accusation concerns 25 deceased women.

Fuller’s depraved acts

It was only connected to the killings of Wendy and Caroline three decades after their deaths following a series of cold case reviews, Crimewatch appeals, and finally a major breakthrough in DNA testing.

And his crimes against deceased women and girls came to light when disgusted police officers found four hard drives filled with millions of indecent images and videos of “unimaginable depravity”.

Among these were his acts of necrophilia, performed in two morgues while working for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

“My daughter was raped”

Azra Kemal, 24, was named as one of the victims of the twisted killer, and was raped by him after she died in Kent.

He assaulted her dead body three times and even studied his death online, reading tributes from his family and friends.

Azra’s mom, Nevres Kemal told Sky News: “I was told that my daughter had been raped … on three occasions in the morgue.

“What do you think? How do you understand such a thing?

“I had spent two hours in the morgue sleeping with her. And that gave me some sort of comfort.

“I did not know that my daughter had been raped before that day and the evening of that day.

“While stroking my daughter’s hair, sleeping on her hair, a man had… crawled all over her skin.

“We have magnetic cards and cameras for a reason. How could they not have documents that are automatically exposed to NHS trust officers?

“Nobody checked. It was that simple. In reality he would have abused the women while the porters carried the bodies. “

Fuller still at work at the time of his arrest

Fuller had access to all areas of Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, which closed in September 2011, and the replacement Tunbridge Wells Hospital in nearby Pembury.

After the horrific abuse, he used Facebook to track down the people he had tainted and learn about their lives during a spooky crime series that ran from 2008 to November 2020.

He was still working for the hospital when he was arrested.

Prosecutors say the case is “unprecedented in legal history” and “the stuff of nightmares”.

Fuller changed his reasons four days before his trial.

When the murder charges were brought back to him, he pulled off his mask and said “guilty” to both of them.

The murders were one of the longest unsolved double homicides in the UK.

Both women lived alone in ground floor apartments less than a mile away in Tunbridge Wells and worked in the city, even if they didn’t know each other.

Wendy was found dead in her bloodstained bed on the morning of June 23, 1987.

There were signs of blunt force trauma to her head and she had been strangled. Investigators found evidence of a vile sexual assault that took place after his death.

Caroline, 20, went missing after being dropped off by a taxi outside her home on November 24 of that year.

Neighbors would hear “shrill screams of terror”.

Her naked body was later discovered in a water-filled dam at St Mary-in-the-Marsh on December 15, 1987.

The court heard that a man matching Fuller’s description was seen prowling around the Tunbridge Wells area at the time of the murders.

He lived with his then wife just two miles away from the studios where both Caroline and Wendy lived.

The night Wendy died, a man who looked like Fuller was seen peering through a window at a woman.

Caroline also reported a “raider” outside her home just a month before she went missing, he was overheard.

After the guilty pleadings, Wendy’s family spoke of their distress in a heartwarming plea.

“For 34 years we, as family, police and press, have been focusing on what really happened to Wendy, wanting to know who it was and how she spent her last moments in life,” they said.

“Now we know and sadly it is much worse than we could ever have imagined.

“Hopefully now we can start suffering and getting over the pain, and start remembering her as the beautiful, kind, generous, caring and fun girl she was. He had a smile and a kind word for everyone. “

Tragically, Wendy’s father died four years ago without ever knowing who killed his daughter.

“It broke his heart,” the family said.

“He never found out before he died. Yet he was with us every step of the way. We are deeply sorry that he is not with us to hear this news today.

“Even though the guilty plea won’t change anything profoundly as pain and loss will always be present, it’s nice to know that Fuller won’t be able to hurt or cause any more pain.

“Not just for our family. But for Caroline’s family and friends who have made the same trip with us all these years and for all the other families, this man is affectionate.

“We feel a deep sadness for all of you”.

Under the law, Fuller’s body abuse carries a maximum sentence of just two years in prison. But he is likely to face a life sentence for the murders, which means he will never be released.

Prosecutor Duncan Aitkinson QC said specially trained officers are helping the families of all victims in the “very difficult task” of preparing statements about the impact of his crimes.

The sentence will take place at a later time. Fuller was indicted.

This article originally appeared on The sun and has been republished with permission

Originally published as “Nightmare Stuff”: British studio apartment killer David Fuller admits to shocking crimes


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