Mother of mortuary abuser victim says inquiry wait 'not good enough'

Mother of student, 24, whose body was sexually abused by necrophiliac David Fuller slams Sajid Javid as she endures ‘months of distress’ waiting for an inquiry into the morgue monster’s crimes

  • David Fuller sexually abused at least 102 victims aged between nine and 100
  • Fuller filmed himself assaulting corpses at hospitals, where was an electrician
  • Nevres Kemal’s daughter Azra was one of the victims who he abused after death
  • Ms Kemal has said the wait for Government inquiry to begin is not good enough

Pictured: David Fuller who killed two women and sexually assaulted dozens of corpses

The mother of a woman sexually abused by necrophiliac David Fuller says she has had ‘months of distress’ waiting for an inquiry into his crimes.

Nevres Kemal’s daughter Azra Kemal was 24 when she died after falling from a motorway bridge in the dark as she fled her burning car.

She was one of at least 102 women and girls sexually assaulted after their deaths by double murderer Fuller, who worked as a hospital electrician.

Fuller beat and strangled Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, to death before sexually assaulting them in two separate attacks in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in 1987.

He was handed a whole life sentence for the murders, with a concurrent 12-year term for his other crimes, in December 2021 after being arrested the year before.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid promised a full, independent inquiry into what happened, but Ms Kemal says it is not happening fast enough.

She said: ‘The Health Secretary has made a pledge to the families and we will hold him to that pledge.

‘The families are already distressed, but the proposed chair of the inquiry has yet to get in touch with any of those most affected by this scandal. They are Fuller’s victims too.

‘In spite of the assurances given, we haven’t even got to first base yet after two further months of distress, waiting, and wondering. It is not good enough.’


Nevres Kemal (left), whose daughter Azra Kamal (right) was one of the victims of David Fuller after her death, says victims’ families are distressed at the wait for the inquiry to begin

Families of victims whose bodies were abused by Fuller are being represented by lawyers from Irwin Mitchell.

Solicitor Sallie Booth said: ‘Whilst it is reassuring that the Health Secretary has replaced the (hospital) trust’s internal investigation with the pledge of an independent inquiry, it remains to be seen whether the current proposals will in fact satisfy the assurances given to the families of Fuller’s victims, and whether they will receive the answers and the acknowledgement of accountability they deserve.

‘It is apparent that the intention of the Health Secretary is that the ‘new and independent inquiry’ is proposed to be a continuation of the trust’s own internal inquiry, to be chaired by Sir Johnathan Michael, who has worked for the NHS for a number of years, including as chief executive for three NHS trusts.

‘Sir Johnathan Michael had been appointed as chair of the trust’s internal investigation prior to the Health Secretary’s announcement.

‘It is understandable therefore that our clients are questioning the reality of the ‘independence’ of the inquiry.

‘Sadly, two months on from the announcement, our clients have not been approached by Sir Michael for their input on this crucial question. 

Nevres Kemal’s daughter Azra Kemal (pictured) was 24 when she died after falling from a motorway bridge in the dark as she fled her burning car and was then a victim of Fuller

‘There has been no formal announcement as to whether or not the inquiry will be a statutory Inquiry with powers to compel witnesses to give evidence, or what evidence will be available to the inquiry.

‘Our clients are understandably concerned during this distressing time. We have written to the Department of Health on behalf of our clients to express their concerns and await a response.’

During the police investigation Fuller was linked to the 30-year cold cases by a DNA breakthrough that then led police to his stash of sickening recordings of himself abusing corpses.

After his catalogue of horrific abuse was revealed, families of his victims called for an independent inquiry into how he was allowed to sneak into the morgue at the Kent and Sussex Hospital and then the Tunbridge Wells Hospital for so long.

Between 2008 and 2020, Fuller sexually assaulted up to 100 female bodies aged from nine and 100 years old in hospital mortuaries controlled by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

At first the trust set up its own internal investigation into how Fuller had been able to commit such crimes in their mortuary.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid (pictured today) promised a full, independent inquiry into the crimes committed b David Fuller, but Ms Kemal says progress is not happening fast enough

But last November in the wake of Fuller’s conviction, the Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced in the House of Commons that there would be a full, independent inquiry into the mortuary crimes.

In his announcement Mr Javid said families of Fuller’s victims would be involved in considering the terms of reference of the inquiry.

But two months on from the announcement, the victims’ families said they have not been approached by Sir Johnathan Michael, who has been appointed as chair of the trust’s internal investigation, for their input.

An interim report regarding Fuller’s mortuary crimes is expected to be published by the health secretary in early this year. 

Fuller, from Heathfield, East Sussex, bludgeoned Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce to death in their homes.

Wendy Knell was just 25 when she was discovered sexually assaulted and beaten to death at her bedsit in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in June 1987.

Five months later Caroline Pierce, 20, went missing from her bedsit in nearby Grosvenor Park, only for her body to be found weeks later nearly 40 miles away on Romney Marsh.

Previously 98 victims were confirmed by authorities, but a prosecutor today revealed in court the updated tally of his victims currently stands at 102, with only 78 of those that have been formally identified.

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