Natalie Hemming Daughter: Natalie Hemming Daughter Kirstie, 14, describes how her wicked stepfather Paul Hemming tortured her and her two siblings by forcing them to sit in the “naughty corner” for up to 13 hours at a time. Kirstie also describes how she would watch, scared, while Hemming yelled at and tormented her mother Natalie on BBC2’s Behind Closed Doors: Through the Eyes of a Child. He had complete control over Natalie’s finances, was constantly monitoring her, and even tried to prevent her from having a job.
She’s seated next to her niece Kirstie, who has spoken her tale publicly for the first time in a tragic documentary on domestic abuse, less than three years after her mother Natalie Hemming was murdered. At the family’s Milton Keynes home, Kirstie was barely 12 years old when her stepfather Paul Hemming murdered her mother. Her remains was discovered in a wooded area three weeks after she went missing in May 2016. Natalie, a mother of three, had been subjected to her partner’s violence and coercion for years.
Kirstie now resides in West Yorkshire with her mother’s sister, Joanne Beverley. She is a supporter of Operation Encompass, a programme that brings the police and schools together to ensure better results for children who are victims or witnesses of police-attended domestic violence situations. She is also a domestic abuse ambassador at her school, aiming to prevent others from suffering the same fate.
Hemming finally lost his cool with Natalie in May 2016, while the kids were sleeping upstairs. He strangled the attractive 31-year-old in the living room of the Newton Leys home, wrapped her body in a rug, stuffed her into his car boot, and abandoned her nude in the woods near Hemel Hempstead. Her body was not discovered for another three weeks. Kirstie’s younger brother, who was only six at the time, had witnessed the murder.
“I heard a noise,” he told authorities. I peered down the steps and through the small door. Mum was sprawled on the floor.” The police investigation into the murder was videotaped for another BBC series called Catching a Killer, and Paul Hemming is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence.
Natalie’s three children, who are now being cared for by relatives, are the subject of tonight’s programme. Kirstie depicts her mother’s powerlessness as a result of Hemming’s control. When the cops became involved, she covered up his aggression on at least one occasion. “I once informed a teacher that Daddy wasn’t being very polite,” Kirstie explained. She did the right thing by informing the boss. The incident was reported to social services, but they contacted Mum, who assured them that everything was alright. “On the same day, the file was closed.”
“He found an apple in my school bag that had gone soft and he was furious,” Kirstie explained. He made me clean the bag, and I had to stand in the naughty corner for 13 hours, from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. “He went to bed, but kept checking to see if I was still awake. “Mum tried to smuggle food to me, but she wasn’t always successful. Paul would go insane if she was discovered.” “I was too terrified to speak,” she added. I didn’t want to tell the cops because I was afraid they’d tell Paul. I expected him to be furious.”
“Most of my childhood I trusted him and the next thing I know he’s killed my mum and I don’t really understand why he would do that,” she says.