January 27, 2023

A double murderer who sexually assaulted the bodies of at least 101 women and girls in hospital morgues was described by the victims’ families as “sick and deranged” when he was convicted of further depraved acts.

David Fuller, 68, is already serving a life sentence for the sexually motivated murders of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, in two separate attacks in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in 1987.

After being linked to the 2020 murders, police discovered the systematic sexual abuse of the corpses of women aged between nine and 100 at the now-closed Kent and Sussex Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury, where he had worked in maintenance ever since. 1989.

An examination of Fuller’s hard drive at his home in Heathfield, East Sussex revealed 818,051 images and 504 videos of his abuse, as well as evidence of his “ongoing interest in the rape, abuse and murder of women”.

Last year, Fuller pleaded guilty to the two murders and 44 charges involving 78 women between 2008 and November 2020.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced to a further four years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting the bodies of another 23 women aged 45 to 92, 10 of whom have never been identified.

They include 12 counts of sexual penetration of a corpse and four counts of possession of extreme pornography between 2007 and 2020.

At the sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey, relatives of some of the victims expressed their anger and devastation.

The daughter of a woman who was abused after her death spoke in court of her “absolute disgust” at Fuller’s actions, describing him as a “monster”.

She said her mother did not want to die in hospital and that the family declined a post-mortem examination because she had been “prodded and prodded” enough during her illness.

When she learned about the abuse, she said: “The pain and emotional distress shot through my body like a knife.

“He took advantage of her helplessness in death where we couldn’t protect her.”

She turned to the defendant in the dock and said, “David, I want you to know how much damage you have done, how your sick and twisted behavior has damaged families like mine.

“I’m glad you’re now held accountable for what you did just seven hours after she died.”

One father said he couldn’t put into words how “disturbing” it was to find out what had happened to his daughter at Fuller’s hands.

The brother of another victim said: “He has caused total destruction.

“David Fuller has tarnished every memory of my sister. All I can think about is what he did to my sister when she was supposed to be resting.”

In mitigation, Catherine Donnelly accepted that Fuller’s transgressions had wreaked havoc on a “considerable” number of people.

In a televised sentencing, Ms. Judge Cheema-Grubb gave Fuller four more years in custody, but added, “You will remain in prison until you die.”

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