Mother of 2 beaten to death by ex who covered his face with her blood and took selfies

The Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership conducted a review into the victim's death and found "massive missed opportunities" in the lead up to the murder


                            Mother of 2 beaten to death by ex who covered his face with her blood and took selfies

A damning review of 32-year-old Ketti McAuley's murder was released Wednesday, which showed the risks posed by her "sadistic" former boyfriend, 28-year-old Joe Storey, were "not fully recognized" before he battered his girlfriend to death and took a selfie with her blood smeared on his face.

The Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership conducted a review into McAuley's death and found "massive missed opportunities" in the lead up to the murder. The report stated Storey, who killed McAuley at her Norwich flat in January 2017, was 18 years of age when a probation officer said he "has the potential to inflict fatal harm." The probation risk assessment also found he had "the potential to inflict fatal harm upon his partner and unborn child."



 

Storey is now serving a life term in prison. The review panel said Storey evaded "the level of monitoring that he deserved." McAuley's mother Lesley was left devastated after reading the review report and said the authorities had failed her daughter.

"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," Lesley said. "I feel totally let down and totally disgusted," she added, BBC reported.



 

Reports stated Storey was just 14-years-old when he committed his first domestic abuse offense and he eventually faced multiple convictions associated with five previous girlfriends, including McAuley. A mother of two, she reportedly alerted police officers previously and said she feared Storey would kill her during an attack in July 2016. During the 2016 attack, she, fortunately, managed to escape through the window. However, prosecutors later dropped the case against Storey.

The review conducted of the case also concluded the probation worker appointed to the case was "overwhelmed" with work and had failed to read the file properly, making him unaware of Storey's long and consistent history of violence.