Double murderer David Fuller filmed himself carrying out a spate of attacks on dead bodies at mortuaries inside the now closed Kent and Sussex Hospital and the Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
After hearing the news at her home in north London, mother Nevres Kemal, was so incensed with rage that she took a knife from the kitchen drawer intending to put it “straight through his heart”.
The 57-year-old told the Daily Mail: “My only thought was, ‘He is not going to get away this.’ I’d just been told he’d raped her in hospital when she was dead. It was incomprehensible. I felt I had to take things into my own hands — find him, punish him. I’m her mother.
“If I’d found him, I’m 99.99 per cent sure I’d have put that knife straight through his heart because he’d put a knife through mine. The thought of him violating her — of touching her hair, touching her skin . . .
“But as I walked towards the police station, all hell broke loose. Police officers seemed to spring from everywhere. I was handcuffed and thrown to the floor by eight or nine of them.
“The two officers who had come to the house had telephoned in and said I was running around with a knife. But the police who arrested me didn’t know what had happened. I was crying: ‘My daughter was raped in hospital and she’s dead.’ They were looking at me, going, ‘Does this woman need psychiatric help?’
Ms Kemal said she was then thrown into a jail cell for 34 hours.
She added: “They kept me there that long because they thought maybe I’d hurt myself.
“They were also trying to get some family liaison officers there to tell me the exact details of what had happened to Azra.
“When they knew what had happened to Azra they were softer to me. One officer in the custody area was crying as she took my fingerprints, photographs and DNA. She said, “It’s awful. We can’t believe it. We’ve never heard anything such as this.”
Fuller, who had worked in the hospitals in electrical maintenance roles since 1989, admitted the murders of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce on Thursday.
Ahead of his murder trial, Fuller pleaded guilty to 51 other offences, including 44 charges relating to 78 identified victims in mortuaries where he was working as an electrician.
Fuller’s shocking crimes were only discovered after he was arrested for the 1987 “bedsit murders” of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, in December last year following a DNA breakthrough.
The murderer had filmed himself carrying out the attacks, and the Crown Prosecution Service said police searches of Fuller’s home in Sussex to gather evidence in the murder investigation uncovered four million images of sexual abuse.
While most of these were downloaded from the internet, they revealed Fuller had also recorded himself abusing bodies over the course of his employment at the hospitals.