David Fuller was sentenced to four more years in prison for sex crimes

A double murderer who sexually assaulted the bodies of at least 101 women and girls in hospital cadavers has been sentenced to another four years in prison.

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 killings, police uncovered the systematic sexual abuse of the bodies 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 since 1989.

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

Last year, Fuller pleaded guilty to two murders and 44 counts relating to 78 women between 2008 and November 2020.

On Wednesday he was sentenced to an additional four years in prison at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting the bodies of 23 other women between the ages of 45 and 92, ten of whom were never identified.

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

In a televised sentencing, Ms Justice Cheema-Grubb handed Fuller an additional four years in prison, but added: “You will remain in prison until your death.”

She said Fuller worked as a maintenance manager at nearby Pembury Hospital, first at Kent and Sussex Hospital from 1989 and then until his arrest for the murders.

She told him: “I have no doubt that you warned yourself of the risk of attempting to commit sex offenses due to the atmosphere of public vigilance in the Tunbridge Wells area following what became known as the Bedsit Murders , could be uncovered.

“This position gave you access to areas not normally open to the public. You went through security using your magnetic card when the morgue staff went home from work.

“They were free to systematically and relentlessly sexually abuse the bodies of at least 101 women and girls, the youngest just nine and the oldest 100.”

The Argus: Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce were murdered by Fuller in 1987Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce were murdered by Fuller in 1987 (Image: PA)

She said some of the women were abused very shortly after death, some even before their loved ones visited them at the morgue.

The judge said Fuller was never “disturbed or provoked” during the offense, which amounts to a “habitual” breach of trust and privacy for his own sexual gratification.

She said to him, “You have no regard for the dignity of the dead.”

Highlighting the victims’ achievements in life, Ms Justice Cheema-Grubb said one was a talented skier, one had worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War and others had worked as teachers or in the NHS.

She told Fuller: “You have spent years living a lie, the facade of a bland and ordinary life, while in seclusion you have committed repulsive and outrageous acts of the deepest darkness. You have a family that you have betrayed over the years.

“The depravity of what you have done to those you have killed and to those you have defiled after death shows that your conscience is singed.

“It is almost impossible to believe that a single man could inflict misery on so many people as you have done. But you did, and as a result you are paying the price that human justice may demand, the rest of your mortal life in prison.”

Fuller sat impassively in the dock throughout the hearing, not responding to the shouts of “scum” from the bleachers as he was sent downstairs.

The government has launched an independent investigation into how Fuller went undetected until his December 3, 2020 arrest on what is known as the bedsit murders, after decades-old DNA evidence was reanalyzed.

A report on the Hospital Trust is due to be published next year.

It was announced last month that more than 90 family members whose loved ones were violated by Fuller will be awarded up to £25,000 in compensation.

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