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Norwich man who killed his girlfriend told by an appeal Judge his sentence was not 'too severe'

Joe Storey was jailed for life in June for the murder of Kerri McAuley Credit: Police

A Norwich man who battered his girlfriend to death has had his “severe” sentence backed by top judges today.

Joe Storey inflicted 19 injuries on mother-of-two Kerri McAuley, choking her and smashing her face in the “sustained and brutal assault” in January 2017.

The 27-year-old left his victim’s face “battered virtually beyond all recognition”, Mrs Justice Simler told London’s Appeal Court today. He then left her dying in her own home, after taking a final sick selfie of his own “blood-smeared face”.

Storey, of St John Street, Norwich, failed to call an ambulance and Ms McAuley’s death was only discovered when her family went to her flat and stumbled on her body.

Storey admitted manslaughter over his girlfriend’s death, but denied murder. But he was convicted of the murder charge by jurors at Norwich Crown Court, receiving a life sentence in June.

He was ordered to serve at least 24 years behind bars before he could even apply for parole. Storey’s legal team challenged that minimum term today, arguing it was far too tough. They disputed the intent to kill and “element of sadism” found by the judge who sentenced Storey.

But Mrs Justice Simler, sitting with Lady Justice Macur and Judge Peter Collier QC, threw out the killer's complaints. The judge noted Storey’s appalling history of violence against three other women.

Storey had assaulted Ms McAuley on five occasions during their on-off 18-month relationship.

Dismissing Storey’s appeal, Mrs Justice Simler said: “This was a callous and brutal murder of a young, defenceless woman murdered in her own home where she should have been safe.

“He behaved in a callous way, leaving her to die. Although this was a severe sentence it was intentionally so. The judge had proper regard to the aggravating and mitigating factors, and passed a sentence which cannot be described as manifestly excessive.”

Robber with knife steals woman's bag in street

The woman was robbed in Rosary Road Credit: ITV Anglia

A woman in her 50s was robbed by two men who snatched her bag in Norwich.

Police say she was walking along Rosary Road at about 4.25am on Wednesday when the men approached her.

One of the men threatened the victim with what's thought to be a knife. He snatched the bag from her and made off in the direction of Riverside Road and the train station.

The man is described as being white, in his early 20s of a slim build wearing a black hooded top and black trousers.

Anyone who may have seen the incident, or anyone with information, should contact DC Oliver Pailes at Norwich CID on 101.

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Royal wedding: Memories from a Norwich couple who married in Luton in 1947

Edward and Lilias Stanbrook-Evans married in 1947 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh may be celebrating their platinum anniversary, but they're not the only ones.

Edward and Lilias Stanbrook-Evans who now live in Norwich married in Luton in1947.

They took their vows as the Royal couple were married at Westminster Abbey.

Edward and Lilias in 1947 on their wedding day Credit: ITV News Anglia

"There hadn't been anything joyful for the last few years and this was something quite exciting."

– Lilias Stanbrook-Evans

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Man arrested in connection with Norwich robberies

Police have arrested a man in connection with the robberies Credit: Norfolk police

Detectives investigating a number of robberies and thefts in Norwich have arrested a man in connection with the incidents.

The robberies took place between 30 October and 15 November, where a number of elderly women have been robbed of their handbags at various locations in the city.

The man, aged in his 40s, is being questioned by police.

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