Tuesday 16 January 2018

Man accused of killing ex-girlfriends five years apart, jury deliberates

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By Tom Pugh, Press Association

JURORS have retired to consider their verdicts in the trial of a man accused of killing two of his former girlfriends, five years apart, in a seaside resort.

Robert Trigg, 52, is alleged to have murdered 52-year-old Susan Nicholson, whose body was found on a sofa they had both slept on in Rowlands Road, Worthing, West Sussex, in England on April 17 2011.

Trigg is also charged with the manslaughter of another ex-girlfriend, Caroline Devlin, 35, who was found dead in bed on Mother's Day, March 26 2006.

Her body was discovered by one of her children when they went to ask what she wanted for breakfast at their home in Cranworth Road, Worthing.

An inquest recorded Ms Nicholson's death as an accident after Trigg claimed he accidentally rolled on to her in his sleep while they were on the sofa.

In Ms Devlin's case, a post-mortem examination recorded her death as due to natural causes - an aneurysm, the trial at Lewes Crown Court heard.

Jurors were told that both causes of death were re-examined years later by pathologist Dr Nathaniel Cary, who concluded that Ms Nicholson was suffocated by having her head forced into the bed.

And Dr Cary found that mother-of-four Ms Devlin's death was caused by a blow to the back of her head.

The trial heard that both women were subjected to domestic violence during their relationships with Trigg.

Ms Devlin is said to have "prophetically" confided following one alleged outburst of aggression by Trigg: "I won't be here for my 40th."

Unemployed Trigg, of Park Crescent, Worthing, declined to give evidence in his defence. He denies murder and manslaughter.

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