Families of Sussex murderers and double murderers are to be compensated

Families of victims of corpse abuse are compensated by the government.

More than 90 family members of the victims of corpse molester and double murderer David Fuller will receive financial compensation under a new scheme.

Close relatives are entitled to up to £25,000 for psychiatric trauma suffered as a result of Fuller’s crimes, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) said on Thursday.

The 68-year-old filmed himself abusing bodies at the now-closed Kent and Sussex Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury, where he had worked as an electrician since 1989.

Fuller pleaded guilty to 44 charges between 2008 and November 2020 relating to 78 victims at NHS Trust morgues in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and the 1987 murders of two women.

The necrophile was sentenced to life in prison last year for beating to death and strangling Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, before sexually assaulting them in two separate assaults in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Administered by NHS Resolution on behalf of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, the DHSC scheme ensures money is paid to relatives as quickly as possible.

More than 90 applicants have already come forward, and anyone who can show a close family relationship to one of Fuller’s victims can apply.

Three levels of compensation are available, with all successful applicants being entitled to a minimum of £7,500.

They can claim a further £5,000, up to £25,000 for psychiatric trauma. A third stage will compensate for certain financial losses.

Lewes MP and Secretary of State for Mental Health Maria Caulfield said: “My heartfelt condolences go out to the families of all the victims of David Fuller.

“These were horrific events and the independent investigation we have launched will help ensure this never happens again.

“Families will benefit from what was announced today.”

The government is conducting an independent investigation into how Fuller managed to carry out the abuse undetected for more than a decade.

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

Fuller pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a further 23 dead women in Croydon Crown Court in November this year.

He admitted to 12 counts of sexual penetration of a corpse and four counts of possession of extreme pornography between 2007 and 2020.

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