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Joe Storey is to appeal his sentence for murder of Norwich mother of two Kerri McAuley

PUBLISHED: 09:02 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 21 July 2017

Joe Storey. Picture: Facebook

Joe Storey. Picture: Facebook

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A man jailed for a minimum of 24 years after being found guilty of the “brutal” murder of his former partner Kerri McAuley has lodged an appeal against his sentence, it has emerged.

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

Joe Storey, 27, inflicted 19 separate injuries to the head and face of Ms McAuley following a “sustained and brutal” attack in her Norwich home before leaving her there to die alone.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment last month after a jury took less than an hour to convict him of murder following a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Jailing Storey Judge Stephen Holt described it as “one of the worst cases of domestic violence that have come before these courts”.

But it has emerged that Storey, formerly of Murrells Court, Norwich, is appealing against his sentence.

Kerri McAuley's injuries. Picture: Facebook Kerri McAuley's injuries. Picture: Facebook

A spokesman at the Court of Appeal confirmed Storey “is appealing his sentence” but said the application was in the early stages and could take some months.

He said: “He’s appealing his sentence but we’re in the very early stages.

“It could take up to three months to get to the judge who will then decide whether to grant or refuse the application.”

Storey, who has four previous convictions covering 11 offences, had been jailed for offences against previous partners.

The court heard Storey had been the subject of four restraining orders against previous partners, including Ms McAuley.

Storey had been the subject of an order preventing him from contacting Ms McAuley in October last year - less than three months before her death.

A two-week trial had heard how Ms McAuley had been out in Norwich with Storey on the evening of Saturday, January 7.

At approximately 10.40pm on the following day (Sunday, January 8), officers were alerted by ambulance crews to reports of a woman who had been found dead in Southalls Way.

A post mortem examination revealed Ms McAuley had been the subject of a severe blunt force trauma to the face consistent with a serious violent assault.

Speaking after the case Ms McAuley’s mother Lesley said: “My life will never now be whole without Kerri to complete it, as a family we are forever broken. My heart bears the deepest break from which it will never heal.”

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