Worthing man convicted of killing two of his partners

05/07/2017

A man has been convicted of the murder and manslaughter of two of his partners at their homes in Worthing, after claiming they had died in their sleep and he had woken up next to them.

Robert Trigg (52) was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court of the murder of Susan Nicholson, aged 52, in 2011 and the manslaughter of Caroline Devlin, who was 35, in March 2006.

Both women had been in a relationship with the defendant, but their deaths were initially treated as being due to natural causes.

Nigel Pilkington from the CPS said: "This was an extremely unusual case and required us to put together a compelling case in the face of initial pathology results that suggested the victims had died of natural causes. With the benefit of knowing the wider picture, this allowed the pathologist to now consider what else could have happened on those fateful nights, with the results telling a very different story.

"Aside from the new post mortem results, our case also considered the striking similarities between the cases, with both victims found in an unusual position and Trigg failing to call the emergency services, instead getting other people to do it for him. His accounts then raised far more questions than they answered.

"The introduction of bad character evidence, including incidents after the deaths of both Caroline and Susan also supported our case, as it helped to build a picture for the jury of a man with a history of violence and controlling behaviour towards his partners.

"In the face of this, it was extremely unlikely that two of Trigg’s partners had died of natural causes while sharing a bed with him, and today he has been brought to justice for both deaths."

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Notes to Editors:

Nigel Pilkington is the Head of the Complex Casework Unit in CPS South East, which deals with the most serious cases in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.