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Man who claimed two former partners died in their sleep convicted of murder

Both deaths were initially treated as being due to natural causes.

Robert Trigg leaves court.
Robert Trigg leaves court.
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AN ENGLISH MAN who claimed that two of his partners had died in their sleep, with him waking up next to them, has been convicted of their murder and manslaughter.

Robert Trigg, 52, from Worthing, 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 and their deaths were initially treated as being due to natural causes.

Nigel Pilkington from the Crown Prosecution Service said the case was unusual.

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 the wider picture, the pathologist was able to reconsider what else could have happened on the night each victim died, with the results telling a very different story.

“Aside from the new post mortem results, the prosecution case also relied on the striking similarities between the two deaths, as both victims were found in an unusual position and, in each case, Trigg failed to call the emergency services, getting other people to do it for him instead. His accounts then raised far more questions than they answered.

“Bad character evidence, including incidents which took place before the deaths of both Caroline and Susan, also supported our case as it helped to build a picture 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 each died of natural causes while sharing a bed with him, and today he has been brought to justice for both deaths.”

Trigg will be sentenced on Thursday.

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