Two part inquiry into how murderer David Fuller could abuse bodies

Inquiry into how murderer David Fuller could sexually assault more than 100 bodies at NHS hospitals will be held in two parts with victims’ relatives ‘at the heart’ of investigation, chairman says

  • An inquiry into the crimes of murderer and necrophiliac David Fuller will be held
  • Probe will be split into two parts due to the huge size of Fuller’s offending 
  • Fuller beat and strangled Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, to death 
  • Families of the victims of necrophiliac murderer David Fuller will be ‘at the heart’ of the inquiry into his crimes, it has been promised.

    Inquiry chair Sir Jonathan Michael said the task facing his team was ‘challenging but vitally important’ and vowed to work with sensitivity and compassion for all those ‘so horrendously affected’.

    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.

    The hospital electrician also filmed himself abusing at least 102 corpses, including a nine-year-old girl, two 16-year-olds, and a 100-year-old woman, over 12 years before his arrest in December 2020.

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

    Health Secretary Sajid Javid promised a full, independent inquiry into what happened, led by Sir Jonathan. 

    Twisted hospital electrician David Fuller filmed himself sexually abusing at least 102 corpses

    Twisted hospital electrician David Fuller filmed himself sexually abusing at least 102 corpses

    His hospital job and access gave him the way into morgues to carry out the evil sex acts

    His hospital job and access gave him the way into morgues to carry out the evil sex acts

    The body of Azra Kemal, 24, who died after a bridge fall , was abused by Fuller three times

    The body of Azra Kemal, 24, who died after a bridge fall , was abused by Fuller three times

    In a statement released on Tuesday, the inquiry chair said the investigation would be in two parts.

    The first stage will focus on Fuller’s activities in the Kent and Sussex Hospital and the Tunbridge Wells Hospital, while the second will look at the implications of his activities for the country as a whole.

    Sir Jonathan said: ‘No-one reading of David Fuller’s acts and the fact that they happened in an NHS Trust’s mortuary can fail to be horrified and distressed by them.

    He also vowed to seek the views of the families involved and assured them that the inquiry would protect the privacy and the dignity of their loved ones throughout its work.

    Wendy Knell, 25, was murdered and sexually assaulted by Fuller in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

    Wendy Knell, 25, was murdered and sexually assaulted by Fuller in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

    Caroline Pierce, 20 from Tunbridge Wells who died following Fuller's attack outside her home

    Caroline Pierce, 20 from Tunbridge Wells who died following Fuller’s attack outside her home

    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.

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    He added: ‘I am determined that my team and I will be objective and thorough in all our work.

    ‘I am equally determined that we will provide an opportunity for those families and staff who have been directly affected by the actions of David Fuller to share their experiences and information with the inquiry in ways that are sensitive and supportive.

    ‘This will be at the heart of how we approach the inquiry.’ 

    An inquiry into the issues raised by the case of murderer David Fuller, who sexually assaulted at least 102 women and girls after their deaths, will be in two parts, its chair has announced.

    In a statement on Tuesday, Sir Jonathan Michael said: ‘The first stage will focus on Fuller’s activities in the Kent and Sussex Hospital and the Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

    ‘The second part will be to look at the implications of Fuller’s activities and the issues identified in part one for the country as a whole, in order to safeguard the deceased and ensure that Fuller’s horrendous activity cannot be repeated elsewhere.’

    Sir Jonathan said the task will be ‘challenging but vitally important’ and vowed to write directly to families who have given consent to be contacted.

    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.

    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.’

    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.