Mum killed by ‘sadistic’ ex who smeared her blood on his face and took selfie

A catalogue of failings left a thug free to batter his ex-partner to death, it was revealed in a damning review.

Joe Storey, 28, murdered Kerri McAuley, 32, at her flat before smearing her blood on his face and taking a selfie.

A review by the Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership found "massive missed opportunities" in the lead up to the killing.

Kerri’s mum Lesley said: "I’m absolutely devastated… where was the communication between the authorities?

"I was reading the report but started to weep. I cried all the way through what I was reading, it’s soul destroying.

"You put it all together and they’ve failed…so many things that could’ve been done differently – it means my daughter could’ve been alive.

"I feel totally let down and totally disgusted.”

Storey was just 14 when he committed his first domestic abuse offence.

He had a string of convictions relating to five previous girlfriends, including Kerri.

The mum-of-two previously told police she feared Storey would kill her during an attack in July 2016.

On that occasion she managed to escape through a window but prosecutors later dropped the case against her attacker.

The review by the Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership found the probation worker involved in the case was "overwhelmed” with work.

He had also failed to properly read the file and was not aware of Storey’s history of domestic violence.

When Storey was 18 a previous probation risk assessment found he had “the potential to inflict fatal harm upon his partner and unborn child”.

At the time of Kerri’s murder, in Norwich, last January, he was subject to three restraining orders, relating to her and two previous partners.

Yesterday the probation service admitted it did not have enough staff to do its job properly in this case.

The report found that Storey’s case officer was overworked with a caseload of 192 percent.

It revealed that 32 recommendations to stop futures mistakes have now been put in place.

But ultimately the review found it would be “wrong to blame any individual”
for Kerri’s death.

It said: “There is only one person to blame for Ms McAuley’s death; that is the perpetrator.”

The report also called on the Ministry of Justice to review staffing levels in the probation service.

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