The mother of one of the victims of the rape criminal in the morgue, David Fuller, is campaigning for the resignation of the head of the hospital where Fuller serially abused corpses undetected for 12 years.
The body of Azra Kemal was raped three times in July 2020 in the morgue of Tunbridge Wells Hospital by Fuller, a hospital electrician known to have violated at least 100 bodies between 2008 and 2010.
Nevres Kemal, a major whistleblower in the 2007 Haringey Baby P scandal, is furious at what happened to her daughter and is demanding the resignation of Miles Scott, CEO of Maidstone and Tunbridge. NHS confidence. “Scott has to go,” she said. “That man must not wait to be thrown out, he must go.”
At a meeting she had with Scott, she says he admitted he was responsible for what went on at the trust – a report backed by another hospital official present. She said: “Responsibility starts with the man at the top. He is responsible, but he does not want to lose his smart job.”
Last week, the government bowed to calls from Kemal and others for it conduct a public inquiry into what went wrong, and replaced an internal inquiry into the trust with an independent inquiry, led by Sir Jonathan Michael.
Kemal said: “They were pressured to hold a public inquiry – how can an organization examine itself over something so horrible?”
She said the issues involved were relatively straightforward. “I want to know how on earth they could let that happen, but there is one simple answer – they did not check the security. Why do the dead not get proper security being checked? He [Fuller] went to the morgue thousands of times – it obviously should have triggered alarms. “
Kemal is tired of her experience 14 years ago in Haringey when she, as a social worker, warned the council and the government that Baby P was not properly protected, six months before he died. Instead of acting on her concerns, the council issued an injunction against Kemal, banning her from talking about childcare.
“I no longer trust any system after the Baby P debacle,” she said. “It’s always the same with every bloody query: either you have to push people out, or it becomes so obvious that they just have to go.”
She added: “It doesn’t matter what Sir Jonathan or Sir says. I will ask Scott to leave. I will do it with a megaphone.”
Kemal, which is supported by the Center for Women’s Justice, is adamant that views from the victims’ families should be the main focus of the study. “Ordinary voices from the families of the victims are not heard and that needs to be changed.”
She also wants to see the sentences for necrophilia increased from the current maximum of two years to a minimum of 10 years in prison.
The extent of Fuller’s abuse first came to light earlier this month after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting and murdering Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in Tunbridge Wells in 1987.
Kemal never uses Fuller’s name. “I call him ‘insignificant’ because I do not want to call him by his name.” She read about his trial when she returned home on October 9, the day police told her how Azra’s body had been violated. “I read about the bed words on the train, and within a few hours, the insignificant had entered my life.”
Azra, who worked for Sky News and was training to be a lawyer, was killed in July last year after falling through a hole in a highway bridge over Medway while fleeing a burning car.
October’s visit by two female officers reminded Kemal of being told of her daughter’s death. When she was told that Azra had been raped three times in the morgue, Kemal said that “hell broke loose – I can not describe the rage I felt”.
She was told that the first assault happened a few hours before she had been to see her daughter in the morgue. “She did not look at peace, and now I know why,” she said.
Kemal, who spoke at what would have been Azra’s 26th birthday, said her daughter would have wanted her to say no. “She never kept her mouth shut, so I’m determined to fight for Azra. People do not like to talk about death, do not care about raping the dead, because it interferes with people’s fears. But I have to say from . “
She added: “I can be seen as a nobody, but I’m Azra’s mother and that’s someone. The most proud thing in my life was being Azra’s mother.”
The Maidstone and Tunbridge NHS trust referred to one statement issued by Scott earlier this month in which he apologized to the families of Fuller’s victims and said he was “determined to see if there is anything to learn or if systems need to be improved”.
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