‘I hope I never hear of him again’ - mother of murdered Kerri McAuley after her daughter’s killer loses appeal

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

Picture of Kerri McAuley. Submitted by Kerri's family. - Credit: Archant

The mother of a woman who was brutally murdered by a serial abuser has said she never wants to hear his name again, after his appeal against sentence was dismissed.

Family and friends of Kerri McAuley outside the Appeal Court in London. Pic: Peter Walsh.

Family and friends of Kerri McAuley outside the Appeal Court in London. Pic: Peter Walsh. - Credit: Archant

Joe Storey, 27, was jailed for a minimum of 24 years after he was found guilty of murdering mother-of-two Kerri McAuley, 32, in her Norwich home, following a 'sustained and brutal' attack in January.

But he appealed against the sentence, with his barrister trying to argue the sentence which was imposed by Judge Stephen Holt in June was excessive.

But his appeal was today rejected by three top judges and Ms McAuley's mother Lesley said afterwards: 'I hope I never hear of him again for as long as I live, to be honest.

'It went as it should've gone. He used his bare hands to murder my daughter and left her to die on the floor. He deserved no time to be taken off.

Joe Storey. Picture: Facebook

Joe Storey. Picture: Facebook - Credit: Archant

'I don't know what I would've done if he had have time taken off today.'

Mrs McAuley was at the hearing with more of her daughter's family and friends.

Steve Roberts, Ms McAuley's uncle, said: 'It's been a really difficult time for the family to come and relive the horrific evidence but we're coming out different people from when we walked in today.

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'We're relieved it's over knowing he will serve a term of 24 years.'

Andy Williams, the father of Ms McAuley's two boys, said he was 'so pleased justice had been upheld'.

He added: 'We can now start concentrating on the future for Kerri's two sons, my sons.'

Mr Oliver had said Judge Holt had wrongly come to the conclusion that there was an intention to murder, that there was a sadistic or sexual motive to the murder and that there was mental or physical suffering inflicted.

But the appeal, which was heard in front of Lady Justice Macur DBE, Mrs Justice Simler DBE and the Recorder of Leeds, sitting as a judge of the court of appeal criminal division, was dismissed.

In dismissing the appeal, Mrs Justice Simler DBE, said: 'This was a callous, brutal murder of a young, defenceless woman in her own home where she should've been safe.'

She said Storey's actions after the attack, in which she was beaten 'almost beyond recognition', and which included the taking of a photograph with Storey's face smeared in Ms McAuley's blood, had shown a 'callous disregard for this young woman in death'.

Mrs Justice Simler DBE said they found that the sentence passed by Judge Holt was not manifestly excessive or outside the range of sentences available to him and dismissed the appeal.

Storey, who appeared via videolink from HMP Whitemoor and wore a short-sleeved grey T-shirt and had a ginger beard, appeared emotionless as the judgement was announced.

Storey, formerly of Murrells Court, Norwich, inflicted 19 separate injuries to the head and face of Ms McAuley following a 'sustained and brutal' attack in her home in Southalls Way before leaving her there to die alone.

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

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

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

• We have vowed to help raise £10,000 in Kerri McAuley's memory to kit out a new domestic violence safe house for Norwich charity Leeway.

To donate visit the Kerri's Campaign JustGiving page or alternatively send cheques, made payable to Archant Community Media Ltd, to Sandra Mackay at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.