‘Don’t let Kerri McAuley’s death be in vain’ - MP’s message to government minister
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'I don't want Kerri's death to be in vain' - that was the message from a Norwich MP as she prepared to highlight the brutal murder of mother Kerri McAuley to a government minister.
Ms McAuley, 32, was found dead at her home in Southalls Way, Norwich, on January 8 this year.
She had been the victim of a 'sustained and brutal' attack by her on-off partner Joe Storey, in what Judge Stephen Holt described it as 'one of the worst cases of domestic violence that have come before these courts'.
MORE: Kerri McAuley's family demands law change as details are revealed of murderer Joe Storey's EIGHT previous attacks on FOUR womenNow with Storey jailed for 24 years, Norwich North MP Chloe Smith is taking 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.
'I never met Kerri, but she would have been my constituent,' Ms Smith said. 'Like everyone when I heard I was shocked and horrified.
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'And that's why I want to act.'
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Ms Smith hopes that by highlighting Ms McAuley's case to Ms Newton, that safeguards can be put in place in the government's Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech.
MORE: Joe Storey to serve a minimum of 24 years in jail for murder of Norwich mother-of-two Kerri McAuleySteven Roberts, Ms McAuley's uncle, previously said the family welcomed any chances in legislation.
And Ms Smith said she had the support of Ms McAuley's family in taking her case further.
'I want to make Sarah Newton especially aware of this case and the points it raises about sentencing, about parole, and about early identification,' she said.
'I want to put Kerri's really tragic case as an example to help her not have died in vain. This is the reality of domestic abuse, it's an evil that must be stopped.'
MORE: Prosecutor in Kerri McAuley murder trial 'flabbergasted' at incompetence of HMP Bedford officials who trusted killer Joe StoreyDuring Storey's trial, it emerged he had a history of violence not only towards Ms McAuley but other women too.
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.
Storey, who has four previous convictions covering 11 offences, had been jailed for offences against previous partners.
He was jailed for four years in 2011 for two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against two previous partners including one who was thought to be pregnant, who he repeatedly kicked and punched in the stomach stating he 'hoped he had killed the unborn baby'.
MORE: Joe Storey: A callous, self-centred killer who has taunted and tormented family of Kerri McAuley until the very endThe court also heard of another conviction for wounding on another previous partner who had a knife held to her throat by Storey during an argument in which she was also punched to the head and headbutted.
A homicide review, involving police and other agencies, is underway following Ms McAuley's death and Mr Roberts urged those working on it to look at any potential failings.
Mr Roberts said: 'We call on the homicide review team to incorporate an investigation into the clearly ineffective rehabilitation of this monster whilst recently serving a sentence for domestic violence against another poor woman.
MORE: Don't let this happen to you - family of murdered Norwich mum Kerri McAuley issue heartfelt plea after her brutal death'We also ask that they do the same to the parole board team that clearly failed to identify the significant risk that this monster remained to women when releasing him so soon into his sentence.'