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"It devastated everybody": Father of murder victim speaks of family's hurt

The father of a Norwich woman beaten to death by her boyfriend says his whole family has been torn apart by her murder.

Kerri McAuley died at home in January after a sustained attack.

Kerri McAuley who was found dead in Norwich in January.

Joe Storey, 27, was jailed in June for Kerri's murder.

A post mortem examination revealed every bone in Kerri's face had been broken in the attack which happened following a night out in the city. Storey was arrested the following morning.

He was sentenced to 24 years which he recently appealed, but judges in London enforced.

Joe Storey was jailed for 24 years. Credit: Norfolk Police.

Kerri's father, Donal McAuley, has spoken to ITV News for the first time about her murder.

It's something you would read about in the news, but you think it's something that's never going to happen to you.

But it did, and it devastated everybody. You life's fine one minute and then the next thing your feet are swept from under you.

– Donal McAuley, Kerri's father

Kerri was also a mother, and was described as "the most awesome and everything mummy" by the two sons she left behind.

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