Convicted Killer Fails To Turn Up For Sentencing

16 June 2017, 13:21

Joe Storey

A convicted killer, who was due to be sentenced for the murder of a young mum of two in Norwich, has hood-winked prison officials into not appearing in person to hear his impending jail term.

A convicted killer, who was due to be sentenced for the murder of a young mum of two in Norwich, has hood-winked prison officials into not appearing in person to hear his impending jail term.

Joe Storey was due at Norwich Crown Court this morning after a jury found the 27 year-old guilty of killing Kerri McAuley in her home in Southalls Way, in January.

But this morning, Norwich Crown Court told prison officers at HMP Bedford, he wasn't required to go to Norwich Crown Court, and that he could appear via video link - and it appears, no officials questioned him.

The judge has said it's a huge let down and Storey has been manipulative throughout his trial. In Norwich Crown Court, the judge heard how transport contractor Serco had turned up as arranged at 7am but were told to stand down after Mr Storey claimed he wasn't needed.

After the truth emerged, the court was told Bedford Prison then didn't have enough manpower to deal with moving Mr Storey later in the day. Sentencing has now been adjourned until Monday at 10.30am.