A mum whose dead daughter was repeatedly raped in a mortuary went to the police station with a knife to kill the rapist.
Azra Kemal, 24, who died in 2020 after falling from a bridge in Kent, had been taken to the morgue at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, where her body was violated by David Fuller – a prolific offender with an estimated 100 victims – three times.
After Azra’s mum, Nevres Kemal, was told the news by police officers at her north London home less then a month ago, she grabbed a knife and went to nearby Colindale police station where she believed Fuller was being held, reports the MailOnline.
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Consumed by “rage,” Nevres took the knife from the kitchen in her house in order to “punish Dave,” the only name she then had for Fuller.
She said: “My only thought was, ‘He is not going to get away this’. I’d just been told he’d raped her in hospital when she was dead.
“It was incomprehensible. I felt I had to take things into my own hands — find him, punish him. I’m her mother.”
She went on: “If I’d found him, I’m 99.99 per cent sure I’d have put that knife straight through his heart because he’d put a knife through mine.
“The thought of him violating her — of touching her hair, touching her skin…”
Nevres said “all hell broke loose” as she approached the police station: “Police officers seemed to spring from everywhere. I was handcuffed and thrown to the floor by eight or nine of them.
She added: “I was crying: ‘My daughter was raped in hospital and she’s dead’. They were looking at me, going, “Does this woman need psychiatric help?
“They read me my rights but I had this rage. I was shouting, ‘What are you doing? I need to put an end to this. No one is violating my child. I am her mother. I’m here because I’m looking for Dave. He needs to be punished’.”
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Nevres was arrested and held in police custody for 34 hours while they tried to work out what had happened – the mum said: “When they knew what had happened to Azra they were softer to me.”
Speaking to Sky News earlier this week, Nevres recalled the moment police arrived at her door to inform her of the news: “What does one think? How do you comprehend such a thing?”
Nevres told Sky News that she had slept next to and cuddled her daughter to say her goodbyes, completely unaware that hours earlier she had been raped by Fuller.
Fuller had sex with her dead body three times, and even researched her death online – reading tributes from her family and friends.
Nevres 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, whilst 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.”
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Fuller reportedly researched his victims’ identities online ahead of his sick crimes and would photograph their names on the mortuary record log along with their ID tags.
He would record his crimes on a digital camera and store them on a computer in folders sometimes titled with the victim’s name.
Officers found four hard drives containing “a library of unimaginable sexual depravity” hidden in Fuller’s home, with five terabytes of storage between them.
Fuller worked initially in the Kent and Sussex Hospital, before moving to the Tunbridge Wells Hospital in 2010, where he was an electrical maintenance worker, who had legitimate reasons to access the mortuary and access to his own swipe card.
He assaulted Azra for 16 minutes on July 20, 2020 and again the next day, the same day Nevres visited. He returned a third time to abuse her for 35 minutes.
He had worked out that the separate post-mortem rooms would often be deserted after hours, so his crimes went undetected for years.
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Nevres is the only family member of a victim to speak out, and said she is doing so because: “Our legal system has to acknowledge that the dead have rights and the sentencing tariff has to be such as to let society know the law will respect the dead. It’s their duty to do so.”
She added: “Azra was always loud and proud and passionate. This is what she’d want.
“I understand there is a lot of shame and embarrassment around this. People think, ‘Do I want my kid or relative to be remembered as someone who was raped or abused in a morgue?’
“But we need to come forward so the law changes. I understand the penalty for raping a corpse is two years. How can that be right in the 21st century?”
According to 70 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, the maximum sentence attached to Fuller’s crimes is two years’ imprisonment.
While Nevres went to Colindale police station to try to find Fuller, he was actually in Belmarsh Prison in South-East London, where he had been awaiting trial since his arrest in December last year.
This week he pleaded guilty to the murder of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, in 1987 and admitted 44 charges in relation to necrophilia involving women and girls in morgues in Sussex and Kent.
The youngest victim was just nine, while the oldest was 100.
The true number of those he violated is believed to stretch into the hundreds, if not thousands.
A date for his sentencing has not yet been set.
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