Man accused of murdering two women abused bodies in mortuaries, court told

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A antheral who sexually assaulted 2 women aft sidesplitting them performed akin enactment acts connected bodies astatine 2 infirmary mortuaries, a tribunal has heard.

David Fuller, 67, is connected proceedings for the execution of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, successful 2 abstracted attacks successful Tunbridge Wells, Kent successful 1987. He initially denied sidesplitting the women but changed his plea to manslaughter by crushed of diminished work aft learning of DNA evidence, Maidstone crown tribunal heard connected Monday.

Knell was recovered dormant successful her flat successful Guildford Road connected 23 June 1987. Her assemblage showed signs of blunt unit trauma to the head, asphyxiation to the neck, and intersexual battle aft her death, the tribunal was told.

Pierce was killed 5 months aboriginal extracurricular her location successful Grosvenor Park connected 24 November of the aforesaid year. Neighbours described proceeding screams from her level connected the nighttime successful question, the tribunal heard. She was past reported missing and determination was nary motion of her successful her flat. Her bare assemblage was discovered 3 weeks aboriginal successful a water-filled dyke astatine St Mary successful the Marsh successful Kent connected 15 December 1987.

There were reports of “prowler activity” successful the lead-up to some their deaths, with section women reporting a voyeur looking done their windows, said the authoritative Duncan Atkinson QC.

Fuller, an electrician, was arrested connected suspicion of execution connected 3 December 2020 pursuing caller investigation of decades-old DNA evidence. Officers searched his home, uncovering images of dormant women astatine the 2 infirmary mortuaries being abused by Fuller, the tribunal heard.

Four hard drives attached to the backmost of a cupboard “were recovered to incorporate a room of unimaginable intersexual depravity”, said Atkinson.

“There were some photographs and videos which showed the suspect sexually abusing pistillate corpses successful the mortuaries of the 2 hospitals astatine which helium worked, archetypal the Kent and Sussex hospital, wherever helium worked full-time from 1989, and past the Tunbridge Wells hospital, to which helium moved successful 2010.”

In a constabulary interview, Fuller admitted to utilizing Facebook to hunt for photos of the radical helium abused successful the mortuary, the tribunal heard.

“He admitted to searching for them connected the internet, including connected Facebook,” said Atkinson. “He claimed that this would beryllium aft the offending, alternatively than probe earlier offending.”

Fuller would aboriginal spell backmost and sanction the files containing images of his offending against dormant radical utilizing the ledgers from the mortuary and recognition tags connected the bodies, the tribunal heard.

The authoritative said these images provided grounds that Fuller committed the acts retired of “sexual gratification” and not intelligence illness. “It shows the suspect derived intersexual gratification from intersexual enactment with those who person died,” said Atkinson.

He added: “It truthful provides a crushed for the killings, nevertheless deviant and repellent, that does not beryllium connected an mentation of intelligence unwellness that deprived the suspect of his self-control.”

Atkinson added that determination was nary grounds of the suspect suffering from intelligence wellness problems until 2010, erstwhile Fuller complained of feeling depressed implicit symptom successful his legs.

The proceedings continues.