LONDON: A man who killed two girlfriends five years apart has been jailed for life. Robert Trigg was convicted of murdering 52-year-old Susan Nicholson in 2011 and of the manslaughter of Caroline Devlin, 35, who died in March 2006.
The judge at Lewes Crown Court told Trigg, 52, he would serve a minimum of 25 years in prison. Sentencing Trigg, Justice Ingrid Simler said: “I hope what you will do is reflect on your role… in causing these senseless deaths.”
Both deaths in Worthing, West Sussex, were treated as not suspicious at the time but the family of Ms Nicholson refused to accept foul play had not played a part in her death.
They launched a five-year campaign to get to the truth. After Trigg’s conviction Ms Nicholson’s parents Elizabeth and Peter Skelton said getting justice for their daughter’s death had been “mental torture”.
Mr Skelton said: “We told them [Sussex Police] all the facts, even the facts that came out in court, but the police still wouldn’t listen, but in the end they had to listen.”
Ms Nicholson’s family complained on three occasions to the Independent Police Complaints Commission but were unsatisfied with its response. In 2014 they hired a barrister and a forensic pathologist, Dr Nathaniel Carey, to re-examine the original pathologists report.