The custody picture of David Fuller, 67, who has admitted the murders of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, in two separate attacks in Tunbridge Wells in 1987 as well as abusing the bodies of 100 women and children
Police investigating the wicked actions of mortuary monster David Fuller have formally identified at least 81 of his victims, the Health Secretary today announced, as he also confirmed there would be an independent inquiry into the necrophiliac’s sickening crimes.
Sajid Javid told MPs in the Commons today how specially trained family liaison officers had been in touch with the families of Fuller’s victims, who he said were abused in the ‘most horrific of ways’.
It is believed electrician sexually attacked at least 100 dead bodies in the mortuaries of Kent and Sussex and Tunbridge Wells hospitals.
Speaking in the Commons today, Mr Javid said: ‘Officers have tragically found evidence of 100 victims. Of these victims, 81 have been formally identified and specially trained family liaison officers have been supporting their families.
‘Every family of a known victims has been contacted. I know how distressing the details of these offences will been for many people.
‘The local NHS trust has put arrangements in place to support staff who have been affected and, regardless of whether someone has been directly impacted by these offences or not, they can access the resources that are available on the My Support Space website.
‘This is a profoundly upsetting case that has involved distressing offences within the health service.
‘The victims are not just those family members and friends who have been abused in this most horrific of ways, they are also those that are left behind.’
Mr Javid also announced an inquiry, which he said will look into the circumstances surrounding Fuller’s crimes to help the government understand how they took place without being detected.
The inquiry will also identify any areas where early action by the trust involved had been necessary.
The top NHS executive tasked with leading the inquiry into David Fuller’s crimes: Who is Sir Jonathan Michael?
Sir Jonathan Michael is the top NHS executive tasked with leading the inquiry into the crimes of mortuary monster David Fuller.
Having trained as a doctor at St Thomas’ hospital in 1970, Sir Johnathan spent the next ten years training as a physician specialising in kidney disease.
At the time, St Thomas and Guy’s Hospital were two separate. But in 1993 the two hospitals merged to form Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
From 2000 to 2007, Sir Jonathan was the chief executive of the trust, having been medical director and chief executive of University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust.
He was knighted in 2005 in the New Year Honours for his services to the NHS.
In 2007, he left the NHS to become the head of British Telecom’s Health division.
But three years later, in 2010, he moved back to the NHS as chief executive of Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust – one of the biggest and most prestigious acute trusts in England.
After a four year stint, he became the chief medical officer of the 6PM group, an IT software firm – now Idox.
He returned to hospitals in 2016, having been appointed to provide independent oversight of plans for a single hospital service in Manchester.
‘I know that no apology can undo the pain and suffering caused by these offences, but with such serious issues of dignity and security we have a duty to look at what happened in detail, and make sure it never happens again,’ he told the Commons.
Mr Javid said it will be split into two parts – the first being an interim report expected ‘early in the new year’.
He added: ‘The second (will be) a final report looking at the broader national picture and the wider lessons for the NHS and for other settings.’
The terms of reference for the inquiry, which will be chaired by experienced NHS executive Sir Jonathan Michael, will be published ‘in due course’.
Sir Jonathan is an experienced NHS chief executive, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a former chief executive of three NHS hospital trusts.
He has already been leading the trust’s investigation, announced last week. The new report will be independent and Sir Jonathan will report directly to the Health Secretary.
It comes as the families of Fullers victims are set to launch legal action to sue the NHS for failing to prevent the electrician having free rein to abuse bodies in hospital morgues.
The group could be in line for tens of millions of pounds in compensation following Fuller’s convictions for spending at least 12 years sexually attacking corpses in the two hospitals.
On three occasions the warped hospital electrician sexually abused Azra Kemal, 24, who died after plunging from a bridge. It is not known if her family will join any litigation.
More than 400 horrified relatives have already called police so far demanding to know if a double murderer defiled their loved ones’ bodies in hospital mortuaries.
His sick crimes emerged after he admitted the 1987 sexual assaults and murders of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, at Maidstone Crown Court last week.
Personal injury and clinical negligence specialists Dean Wilson LLP, in Brighton, have been approached by some of the families of the 67-year-old’s victims as a group action against the NHS looks increasingly likely.
Spokesman Ben Davey said it was ‘astonishing’ no one realised what Fuller was doing in the mortuaries, adding: ‘I understand that David Fuller would regularly access the mortuary of the hospital where he worked outside of his usual working hours in order to carry out these heinous acts.
‘It is astonishing that at no point did it raise red flags within the hospital that an electrician was accessing the mortuary at such odd times unsupervised.
‘Families will rightly feel that they will be due compensation and my firm is supporting some of them in taking legal action.
‘In addition, there needs to be a public enquiry as to what level of access staff have in hospitals, with full recommendations about what restrictions should be in place to ensure that only those that need access are provided with it’.
Fuller’s disgusting abuse of the dead – including children and pensioners – has appalled Britain.
He will be sentenced at a later date, and will likely die behind bars, but the case will also have major legal ramifications for the NHS.
A legal source told The Sun: ‘This has the potential to cost the NHS tens of millions. The relatives of these people were abused in the most horrific way possible by an NHS employee on NHS property.
‘It is harrowing. It’s early days and these things do not happen overnight but lawyers are already involved. The NHS will be prepared for this and will surely admit liability. There have been many other cases in which they have.’
Sickening: Azra Kemal, 24, was one of Fuller’s victims. The warped hospital electrician sneaked into the mortuary at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Kent three times to sexually abuse her body. It is not known if her family support or will join any legal action
Fuller, 67, admitted killing Wendy Knell, 25, (left) and Caroline Pierce, 20, (right) in 1987 in what became known as the ‘Bedsit Murders’ – one of Britain’s longest unsolved murder cases
Fuller pictured out on a bicycle ride. He sexually abused more than 100 bodies while working as a hospital electrician
It came as a former mistress of warped morgue killer Fuller told of her two-year affair with the perverted double murderer and how he was ‘the perfect gentleman’.
Fuller, 67, had already killed two women when he began a relationship with the unsuspecting nurse behind the back of his second wife in 1990.
The hospital electrician admitted the 1987 sexual assaults and murders of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, at Maidstone Crown Court last week.
Both women lived alone in ground-floor flats just a mile apart in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Fuller also sexually abused at least 100 corpses in the hospital, while police found hard drives, floppy discs and CDs with 14 million images of sex offences – including filming himself committing the heinous acts.
His oldest victim was 100 and his youngest aged just nine.
The former mistress, who has not been named, told The Sunday Mirror that he seemed a ‘perfectly ordinary person’ who wooed her with cocktails and tickets to a pop concert.
They were together for two years from 1990, three years after Fuller’s gruesome offences, before he dumped her for another nurse.
She said: ‘To think I’m associated with someone who did something so terrible is awful. I’m very lucky he didn’t kill me.’
The nurse added that she lived in a studio flat just around the corner from the two victims and met Fuller at a hospital social club.
The pair attended a Beverley Craven concert together, but she believed him to be ice cool and described how he would ‘never get angry’.
She said: ‘I was 27 when I began seeing him and I was with him for just over two years.
‘I was a district nurse and some of us used to go up to the canteen in Kent and Sussex Hospital [in Tunbridge Wells].
‘I was at a loose end and trying to make new friends, so I started going to the social club. I remember thinking he was quite odd for a man because he drank Archers and lemonade.
Fuller acted surprised when officers arrived at his home to arrest him on suspicion of murder. He replied ‘oh blimey’ when he was informed of why officers were in attendance but would later admit it
‘He wasn’t a beer man. He was quite a quiet man, but he was quite friendly. He just seemed like a perfectly ordinary person.’
Despite her impression of Fuller being ‘a quiet man’, he was in fact a despicable man who, in addition to his horrendous crimes, had affairs with at least two colleagues during three marriages.
The woman continued: ‘I was quite aware of the Bedsit Murders and I was very nervous about them. The murders were in my mind and a lot of young women’s minds.
‘Little did I know I was actually dating the person responsible. In the back of my mind I do still think, ‘Why was I spared?’
‘I was in the right criteria in that I lived in the roads near where the girls worked, I had a bedsit and I was in my 20s.’
Kent Police has set up a helpline for distraught relatives who believe their loved ones could have been violated.
Local Conservative MP Greg Clark, for Tunbridge Wells, has also said a public inquiry into how Fuller carried out hundreds of sex attacks is required, adding that the investigation launched by the local NHS trust was ‘not sufficient’.
Fuller’s ex-lover only became aware of his offending when he admitted the murders and sex offences in court earlier this week.
She said: ‘He was a perfect gentleman with me. I didn’t see a bad side to him at all.
Police say they will never know how many women and girls David Fuller (pictured) violated – but admit it could be hundreds more
Pictured: David Fuller’s NHS security badge
‘There was nothing to lead me to believe he’s the person we’ve now found him out to be now.
‘He never showed any perversion in bed. He was totally ordinary and normal. There was nothing at all. I still can’t believe that he could be capable and part of me still doesn’t want to believe it, but equally I want him to pay for what he’s done.
‘I didn’t know anything about the mortuary offences until it came out in court. I was really shocked.
A mother’s grief and revulsion after her daughter’s body was defiled by David Fuller
A woman whose daughter’s body was defiled by David Fuller pleaded yesterday: ‘This must never happen again.’
The warped hospital electrician sneaked into the mortuary at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Kent three times to sexually abuse Azra Kemal, 24, who died after plunging from a bridge.
Horrifically, the first two attacks happened just hours before and after her grief-stricken mother, Nevres Kemal, had visited her daughter and stroked her hair to say farewell.
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, while 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.’
Miss Kemal, who worked as a researcher for Sky News, was one of Fuller’s most recent victims. He carried out his sickening assaults in July last year.
Her mother – a London social worker – told Sky News: ‘Men and women up and down the country will be appalled by what they are reading.
‘And I remind them that if this was your loved one you would roar with rage – and I am silently roaring. We need to respect the dead and this must never happen again.’
‘The police said to me, ‘be prepared for a nasty shock’, but I wasn’t expecting anything as horrific as this.
‘I just thought it was going to be that there were other women like me, or multiple women that he was dating all at the same time. It’s been a traumatic time.’
She said their first date together was a trip to Folkestone Air Show, while Fuller would also regularly visit her at her flat.
The majority of the time, though, the pair spent time together at the hospital social club.
The nurse said Fuller was ‘always pleasant and friendly’ and she was aware he was unhappy with his wife, but the relationship ended ‘because he didn’t want what I wanted’.
Kent Police has formally identified 81 victims in the mortuary, but an investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is urged to get in contact with the force.
Fuller was still working for the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust when revolutionary DNA profiling techniques led detectives investigating the historic murders to his home in Heathfield, East Sussex, on December 3 last year.
Police found a hidden cache of printed photos along with thousands of digital images and videos that exposed one of Britain’s biggest healthcare scandals.
Fuller had spent at least 12 years abusing corpses in the mortuaries of Kent and Sussex and Tunbridge Wells hospitals.
The hoarder kept detailed handwritten diaries of his abuse, along with thousands of videos and images of himself having sex with the corpses organised into folders.
Libby Clark, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: ‘No British court has ever seen abuse on this scale against the dead before and I have no doubt he would still be offending to this day had it not been for this painstaking investigation and prosecution.’
In his role as electrician, he had a swipe card that allowed him unsupervised access to all parts of the hospital. Mortuary staff usually finished for the day at 4pm, while Fuller’s shift was from 11am to 7pm, police have said.
He would carry his bag of tools with him and ensured his abuse could not be picked up by CCTV, which covered only part of the mortuary.
It meant there was evidence of him moving around the mortuary, but no footage of him interactive with the bodies.
Instead, all the evidence came from his own filming.
When he was arrested, Fuller seemed surprised to see officers at his home.
Sajid Javid (pictured) told MPs in the Commons today how specially trained family liaison officers had been in touch with the families of Fuller’s victims, who he said were abused in the ‘most horrific of ways’
He was caught on an officer’s body worn camera saying: ‘Oh blimey.’
Fuller had previously admitted responsibility for the deaths with ‘diminished responsibility’ at Maidstone Crown Court, but initially denied murder.
Ms Knell’s bloodstained body was found in her flat on June 23, 1987, after Fuller – a convicted burglar – had climbed in through the window, before beating and strangling her to death.
Ms Pierce was abducted from outside her home on November 24 the same year.
Her body, naked apart from a pair of tights, was found in a water-filled dyke near Romney Marsh three weeks later.