Doc killer launches appeal bid shock
PUBLISHED: 16:09 28 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:18 25 August 2010
I CAN T believe what I m hearing. My sister was like a mother to him and for that kindness he repaid her by stabbing the life out of her. To hear he is planning on appealing against his conviction sickens me. He lied all through the court case and now h
I CAN'T believe what I'm hearing. My sister was like a mother to him and for that kindness he repaid her by stabbing the life out of her.
"To hear he is planning on appealing against his conviction sickens me. He lied all through the court case and now he seeks to destroy our lives and memories of Victoria all over again."
These are the devastating words of Gilbert Anyetei, the brother of the former consultant at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Dr Victoria Anyetei, 54, who was murdered on the driveway of her home in Dartford in August 2007.
Law student David Quartey, 22, was jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 15 years but has now put in a request for leave to appeal.
The consultant paediatrician was found with 56 stab wounds and slumped in her car following the frenzied attack as she left for work at St Thomas' Hospital in London.
Her murder sparked a massive police investigation which led them to family friend Quartey, who had been staying with Dr Anyetei and her son, Andrew Thompson.
Mr Anyetei, who is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, was unaware of the appeal bid when approached by the Times.
Clearly shaken, he said: "We are still in shock. On a daily basis we all live with this tremendous pain. None of us can make sense of her death and I can't face an appeal. It is too painful, raw, it has destroyed us."
Mr Anyetei revealed relatives had no reason to suspect Quartey when his sister's mutilated body was discovered because "she treated him like her own son" and thought he had no motive.
But his subsequent trial at Maidstone Crown Court a year later left the family in no doubt that Quartey was her killer when he was found guilty.
"She looked after him only like a mother would," he said fighting back tears. "He lied about it all the way through but we have no doubts.
"He should never walk the streets again but in 15 years he will be out, sooner if he gets his way through an appeal. Victoria will never have that chance, it is almost impossible to understand."
At the trial, the court heard how Quartey, the son of a high court judge in Ghana, snapped because Dr Anyetei pressured him to re-sit failed exams and he did not want his family in Africa to find out.
He had known Dr Anyetei, a mother-of-one, in their native Ghana and had been staying with her since October 2005 while she acted as his guardian.
Jailing Quartey, Judge Jeremy Carey said he should have been grateful to his guardian but repaid her kindness with "enormous brutality".
The Court of Appeal has confirmed that his application will be considered by three judges on November 13.