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A double-murderer who killed two young women and carried out sick sex acts on corpses has been jailed for life this afternoon.
David Fuller was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to murdering Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, in two separate attacks in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
The 67-year-old killer was seen wearing a mask and a grey top as he appeared for his sentencing this morning flanked by two officers as he was handed two whole-life orders on the 34th anniversary of Caroline's body being found, Kent Live reports.
His head was down as he showed little emotion during the sentencing, where it was revealed that he kept a "library of unimaginable sexual depravity" including a video of him abusing a 9-year-old girl's corpse and two dead 16-year-olds.
The mum of the 9-year-old girl told Fuller today: "You raped my baby. She couldn’t say no to the dirty 66-year-old man who was abusing her body. I feel guilty I left her there.
"I will not enjoy my life again. Her death was unfair and heart breaking but it was a natural thing that I was starting to come to terms with. This unnatural sick pain I will never get over."
Another woman, whose mum's corpse was sexually abused by Fuller, told him "you have proved monsters exist" after he admitted to 44 charges relating to 78 identified victims in mortuaries where he was working as an electrician.
The necrophiliac thought he had gotten away with the 1987 murders but was finally identified through new DNA techniques.
In a shocking discovery following his arrest last December, police found he had sexually assaulted dozens of female corpses in the hospital where he worked.
Fuller admitted abusing nearly 80 dead bodies, filming many of the assaults, but police fear there may be hundreds of more victims.
The corpses he abused ranged in age from the nine-year-old girl to a 100-year-old woman.
Fuller initially denied the charges on the grounds of diminished responsibility but later changed his plea to guilty.
Shop manager Wendy Knell was found dead in her ground-floor bedsit in Tunbridge Wells on June 23, 1987, after failing to turn up for work, with her bloodstained head resting on a towel.
Caroline Pierce, also from Tunbridge Wells, was attacked five months later outside her home.
In court, Fuller was described as a "controlled sexual deviant who preyed on young women and derived sexual gratification from the violation of their dead bodies."
After a judge lifted a reporting ban it was revealed Fuller, who is married with a son, is one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders.
"The extent and scale of his offending is likely to be unprecedented in this country," a police source previously told Sky News.
Fuller was arrested following a dawn raid at his house on December 3, 2020. His saliva and other DNA was found on Knell's bedding, towel and intimate samples.
His semen was also found on Pierce's tights, the only item of clothing she was wearing when her body was found in a water-filled dyke three weeks after her abduction by a farm worker driving a tractor.
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Tests on the DNA from said tights showed it was 160,000 times more likely to have come from Fuller than anyone else.
Following his arrest for the murders, a search of Fuller's home revealed he had hoarded millions of indecent images and videos of children and extreme pornography on hard drives, floppy discs, DVDs and memory cards in his loft and spare room.
On these officers found footage Fuller had recorded of himself abusing corpses in the morgues.
His wife, Mala, 50, has admitted to MailOnline that his gruesome crimes were more than she could handle, saying: "I'm not with him. I couldn't carry on in that relationship.
"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."
This morning, a victim impact statement from Wendy Knell's mother, Pamela Jones Knell, detailed her devastation at Maidstone Crown Court, as she said the murder "ruined my life".
She said: "Since then I have never had a good night's sleep. One lady who was older than me who I was friends with used to take me on the bus because I couldn’t go out alone. Even now I can’t go out alone. I get scared with strangers or if a man comes too close to me."
Caroline Pierce's mum, Katrina Frost, told the court: "I can still recall the horror of seeing her body and what happened to her. She didn’t deserve what happened to her or being taken away from her family.
"She doesn’t deserve what this animal did to her. She must have been terrified when she died. Life has never been the same again. Christmas time – no get-togethers, no grandchildren, Mother’s Days are a bitter reminder of when Caroline’s funeral was held."
Another grieving relative said that Fuller's "toxic presence now lingers over" her.
Mrs Justice Bobbie Cheema-Grubb said: "The families have described the devastation caused by your crimes. They describe being nauseated and heartbroken by the immorality of your attacks.
"You damaged the families’ mental health. It has shaken their sense of being able to trust the world, trust hospitals. Some wish they had never been told. Some never told their families to save them from pain. The shock of what you did has caused a white noise that is inescapable. Deep sorrow and great courage has been displayed today from people who have spoken out."
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