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Norwich man found guilty of murdering young mum Kerri McAuley

Kerri McAuley who was beaten to death by her former partner

A Norwich man has been found guilty of murdering his former partner following a ‘sustained and brutal’ attack at the beginning of this year

Joe Storey, 27, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied murdering 32-year-old Kerri McAuley, convicted by today by a unanimous verdict following a two-week trial at Norwich Crown Court.

The court heard how Kerri was last seen alive with Storey in Norwich on the evening of Saturday 7January 2017.

The following day officers were alerted after ambulance crews found Kerri's body at her home in Southalls Way.

A post mortem examination revealed every bone in Kerri's face had been broken because of a serious violent assault. Storey was arrested the following morning.

DCI Marie James who led the investigation said

This was a chilling, shockingly violent crime; Kerri was subjected to a sustained brutal attack in her own home and the extreme level of violence used has disturbed even the most experienced of detectives who have worked on the case. Storey has shown absolutely no remorse at any stage of the investigation and has prolonged the agony for Kerri’s family who have had to endure a trial and listen to evidence, some of which has been extremely distressing for them to hear.

– DCI Marie James, Norfolk Police
Murdered mother of two Kerri McAuley says It is such a waste of a beautiful soul so cruelly and heartlessly taken.

Lesley McAuley also paid tribute to her murdered daughter saying

Kerri was full of such a love of life; a sociable, fun loving girl with a heart of gold who was a loyal friend and who touched the lives of so many people.

Above everything else, Kerri worshipped her children and lived for them. Everything she ever did was to give her sons a good and happy life and I take comfort from seeing them now, knowing how proud she would be of the young men that they are to become – a shining testament to the mother that she was to them.

it hurts me deeply to know that never again will Kerri and I watch together as they perform in school plays. She will never get to be proud of their successes nor be there to cuddle them when they are sad. It is such a waste of a beautiful soul so cruelly and heartlessly taken.

– Lesley McAuley

Storey will be sentenced tomorrow morning at Norwich Crown Court