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Norwich MP to highlight murder of Kerri McAuley to new domestic violence minister

PUBLISHED: 13:23 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:13 06 December 2017

Picture of Kerri McAuley. Submitted by Kerri's family.

Picture of Kerri McAuley. Submitted by Kerri's family.

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A Norwich MP is set to highlight the case of the brutal murder of Norwich woman Kerri McAuley when she meets the new domestic violence minister.

Chloe Smith, Norwich North MP, Pic: Eliza Boo Photography Chloe Smith, Norwich North MP, Pic: Eliza Boo Photography

Chloe Smith, Norwich North MP, has been working to see if more can be done to tackle the problem of domestic violence, including changes to the law to target violent offenders.

It follows the death of one of Ms McAuley, one of her constituents, who was found dead at her home in Southalls Way, Norwich, on January 8 this year.

The 32-year-old had been the victim of a “sustained and brutal” attack by her on-off partner Joe Storey who was jailed for 24 years after being convicted of her murder.

During Storey’s trial, it also emerged he had a history of violence not only towards Ms McAuley, but other women too.

Ms Smith raised Ms McAuley’s story to Sarah Newton MP – parliamentary under secretary of state for crime, safeguarding and vulnerability – in the hope lessons can be learned and safeguards can be put in place in the government’s new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.

The minister has since been replaced by Victoria Atkins, a qualified criminal barrister, who is preparing the new bill that will strengthen the tools available to beat this crime

The Norwich MP was set to meet the new minister on Wednesday (December 6).

Speaking ahead of the meeting Ms Smith said: “As a constituency MP, it is incredibly important to be able to use local examples to make the laws of this land better.

“I’d like this work to help change the law so that evil people like Joe Storey can be stopped in the future.

“I am grateful to Kerri’s family for their courage in sharing her story, and I hope we can achieve something together so that Kerri did not die in vain. It is good that the government is taking action.”

As part of this work, Ms Smith is also in contact with the McAuley family, charity Leeway, Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner and the Constabulary, local councils, and the Independent Chair of the Domestic Homicide Review into Kerri’s murder.

Ms Smith said she also wanted to support Kerri’s Campaign which we have launched to raise £10,000 for abuse charity Leeway in Ms McAuley’s memory.

To donate to the campaign, click here.

Alternatively send cheques, made payable to Archant Community Media Ltd, to Sandra Mackay at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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