More than 200 horrified relatives called police yesterday demanding to know if a double murderer defiled their loved ones’ bodies in hospital mortuaries.

A police helpline was flooded by calls from devastated families after it emerged that morgue predator David Fuller had sexually violated at least 100 corpses while working at two hospitals in one of Britain’s biggest healthcare scandals.

After Fuller, 67, dramatically confessed to murdering two women in 1987 midway through his trial on Thursday, police revealed the electrician could have assaulted the bodies of hundreds of women and girls over decades working for the NHS as an electrician.

More than 200 horrified relatives called police yesterday demanding to know if a double murderer defiled their loved ones’ bodies in hospital mortuaries

More than 200 horrified relatives called police yesterday demanding to know if a double murderer defiled their loved ones’ bodies in hospital mortuaries

More than 200 horrified relatives called police yesterday demanding to know if a double murderer defiled their loved ones’ bodies in hospital mortuaries

A police helpline was flooded by calls from devastated families after it emerged that morgue predator David Fuller had sexually violated at least 100 corpses while working at two hospitals in one of Britain’s biggest healthcare scandals

A police helpline was flooded by calls from devastated families after it emerged that morgue predator David Fuller had sexually violated at least 100 corpses while working at two hospitals in one of Britain’s biggest healthcare scandals

A police helpline was flooded by calls from devastated families after it emerged that morgue predator David Fuller had sexually violated at least 100 corpses while working at two hospitals in one of Britain’s biggest healthcare scandals

Yesterday his wife Mala, 50, spoke out for the first time, saying she had ended their marriage. She said: ‘I’m not with him. I couldn’t carry on in that relationship. 

‘I’m too upset to even think about what was going on, I couldn’t live with it. You can’t imagine how distraught I am.’

It came as demands grew for a full public inquiry amid concerns by MPs and campaigners that attacks could have happened in other hospitals across the country.

Guidelines about protecting the dignity of the deceased mean the sensitive area of hospital mortuaries where post-mortem examinations take place are not routinely covered by CCTV. 

The security loophole meant Fuller was able to carry out acts of unspeakable depravity on at least 100 victims, remaining undetected until he was arrested for two murders he had carried out 33 years earlier.

This week Fuller finally admitted the 1987 killings of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent – known as the ‘Bedsit Murders’ – after a DNA breakthrough cracked one of Britain’s longest unsolved murder cases.

Fuller was part of a cycling club in the 1980s with one of the group’s routes going directly past where Miss Pierce’s body was found.

Mala, his third wife, said she had moved out of the home she shared with him in Heathfield, East Sussex, for 20 years following his shock arrest in December. 

She said: ‘I could not stay in that house knowing what he did and what went on in there. 

‘I wanted to be alone and want to live my life alone.’ Yesterday the daughter of Fuller’s first wife, Gill Palmer, said she was ‘numb’ with shock at the ‘unbearable’ details.

Gemma Keena, 39 – Miss Palmer’s daughter from a later relationship – told of the devastating effect on her mother and half-brother and half-sister.

‘They are in such shock, the details are unbearable. I’d say they are numb,’ she said. 

‘He isn’t my father, I came along later. It’s still an awful shock but it’s really dreadful for my brother, sister and my mum. They are trying to process what he did and that is so hard for them. It’s so awful you don’t even want to say it.

‘It was only when they went down to a pre-trial hearing that they learnt about what he’d done in the hospitals.’

Police say they will never know how many women and girls David Fuller (pictured) violated – but admit it could be hundreds more

Police say they will never know how many women and girls David Fuller (pictured) violated – but admit it could be hundreds more

Police say they will never know how many women and girls David Fuller (pictured) violated – but admit it could be hundreds more

The pervert kept a detailed diary of his sex assaults, printing photos and stashing thousands of digital images and videos at his home.

Detectives have established that he assaulted at least 100 deceased women after 2008 in the mortuaries of Kent and Sussex Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital – 81 of whom have been identified from the records Fuller kept. 

The oldest was 100 and his youngest victim was just nine. Police believe some bodies will never be identified because the images taken bear no identifying marks.

Officers have pored over 150,000 hours of hospital CCTV footage and swipe card data to track Fuller’s movements from 2019 onwards, narrowing down the time he could have entered the post-mortem room to commit the crimes.

But detectives believe there could be hundreds more victims, as there were 20 to 25 women’s bodies stored in the mortuary at any one time. 

Fuller worked as an electrician at the now closed Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells from 1989 to 2010, before he moved to the Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury.

The burglar, with convictions dating back to the 1970s, managed to dodge criminal record checks when he was first employed by the hospital as disclosure at that time was the responsibility of the employee.

Brought to justice: The moment corpse defiler and murderer Fuller arrived at the police station more than 30 years after murdering two women

Brought to justice: The moment corpse defiler and murderer Fuller arrived at the police station more than 30 years after murdering two women

Brought to justice: The moment corpse defiler and murderer Fuller arrived at the police station more than 30 years after murdering two women

But yesterday it emerged that Mitie, the company which provides facilities staff for the Tunbridge Wells Hospital, learnt of his criminal record in 2015. 

Despite this, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust insisted last night it was not informed.

Yesterday local Tory MP Greg Clark demanded a full public inquiry and said a lack of CCTV meant there was no way of knowing if abuse had also happened in other NHS hospital mortuaries.

An independent review at the trust where Fuller worked is under way, but MPs are calling for a wider national review. Mr Clark said: ‘The questions that are raised include local ones about how this was allowed to happen. 

‘But there are also national ones as to whether national policy was good enough, was stringent enough, and whether it could have happened in other hospitals across the country.’

He said the lack of CCTV in post-mortem rooms was a concern, adding: ‘We do not know how many people Fuller assaulted and how many people there are like Fuller across the country. We need to work on the assumption that there may be others and we need to protect people from being preyed on.’

A spokesman for the Centre for Women’s Justice said: ‘A proper inquiry must now take place to explore how Fuller was able to continue perpetrating these appalling acts over such a long period of time.’ 

Responding to calls for an inquiry, a spokesman for Boris Johnson said: ‘We’re not ruling it out, but we need to let the investigations that are already under way take place.’

A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘Kent Police has set up a contact centre and major incident public portal for people who may feel they may have information about the ongoing investigation into David Fuller.’

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