Robert Trigg jailed for life for killing two women
Worthing man Robert Trigg has been jailed for 25 years after being convicted of killing two of his ex-partners in the town.
Robert Trigg, 52, unemployed, formerly of Park Crescent, Worthing, was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday (5 July) after a trial of the murder of Susan Nicholson and the manslaughter of Caroline Devlin.
Caroline, 35, was found dead at an address in Cranworth Road, Worthing, on 26 March 2006. Five years later Susan, 52, died at an address in Rowlands Road, Worthing on 16 April 2011. She was found by Trigg's neighbour.
Listen to the moment the neighbour called 999 after she found her body.
Trigg appeared at Lewes Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday (6 July). He was sentenced to a minimum term of 25 years.
The prosecution, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), followed re-investigation of the deaths by officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team during 2016.
The court heard that in 2006 there were police enquiries into the death of Caroline Devlin but a post mortem found her death to have resulted from natural causes. There was therefore no inquest into this death.
Following a post mortem and a police investigation in 2011, a coroner’s inquest was held, and found the death of Susan Nicholson to have been accidental.
However the new investigation started after a further forensic assessment of Susan Nicholson’s death was received last year by Sussex Police from her parents.
Families of both women were kept informed about the new investigation.
Detective Superintendent Tanya Jones, who led the new investigation, said: “This has been a distressing experience for both families, who have followed developments closely throughout, and who attended the trial. Our thoughts and sympathies remain with them.
“Both deaths were investigated by officers at the time, and post mortems were carried out. There was also a public inquest into the death of Susan Nicholson.
“The forensic information available in each case at the times of the deaths did not provide any avenues for further investigation. However, we were presented with new evidence by the parents of Susan Nicholson, after they commissioned the assessment of a third pathologist who in 2015 examined the findings in the case of Susan Nicholson. On this fresh information we carried out a new and thorough investigation, including both deaths. We then put the facts to the CPS who authorised prosecution.
“The court heard evidence from the two original pathologists, plus the third pathologist, as well as evidence on behalf of the defence from a fourth pathologist, before reaching a verdict in this complex case.
“I am confident that we have done everything we can to deliver justice for both women and their families.”
Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor said: “Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. I am sorry it has taken so long to get the justice they wanted.
“Investigations of this nature are always very complex. Based on the new information we received we successfully conducted a murder investigation for which today Robert Trigg has been given 25 years in prison.”
“However it is really important for the police service to continue to review and learn. In order to do this I am referring the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for an independent view and advice.”