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David Fuller: Compensation scheme extended

On the same week that a national inquiry has found “serious failings” at the hospitals where mortuary abuser David Fuller worked, news has also been announced that the compensation scheme put in place to support those affected by his crimes has been extended.

In 2021, Fuller was convicted of the 1987 murders of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in Tunbridge Wells. His conviction eventually came about due to DNA evidence. As police searched his home, they found more than 100 recordings of Fuller sexually abusing female corpses in the morgue at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, where he worked as an electrician from 2007 until his arrest in 2020.

Further investigation found that he had systematically abused at least 101 corpses. The horrific nature of these crimes resulted in the government commissioning an independent inquiry, the first part of which was published this week, with 17 recommendations for mortuaries being made by inquiry chair, Sir Jonathan Michael.

In addition a compensation scheme for the families of those abused has now been extended, allowing potential claimants a final opportunity to apply to the scheme for compensation until 30th April 2024.

Fosters Solicitors has already been instructed by some of the families affected and we have supported them throughout the necessary application process to achieve a settlement.

If your family has been personally affected by this case and you would like to understand your potential eligibility under the compensation scheme, please get in touch with our Medical Negligence & Inquests team on 01603 620508 or by emailing them directly.

This article was produced on the 29th November 2023 by our Medical Negligence & Inquests team for information purposes only and should not be construed or relied upon as specific legal advice.