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Robert Trigg guilty of killing two girlfriends five years apart

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    Caroline Devlin (left) and Susan Nicholson (right)Image copyright Family handouts
    Image caption Jurors were told there were similarities between the cases of Caroline Devlin (left) and Susan Nicholson

    A man has been found guilty of killing two girlfriends five years apart.

    Robert Trigg, 52, was convicted of the murder of 52-year-old Susan Nicholson in 2011, and the manslaughter of Caroline Devlin, 35, in March 2006.

    Trigg, of Park Crescent, Worthing, West Sussex, had denied the charges, claiming they had died in their sleep.

    A jury at Lewes Crown Court took six-and-a-half hours to reach its verdicts after a 10-day trial.

    The women’s deaths at their homes in Worthing were initially treated as not being suspicious.

    The death of Ms Devlin, whose body was found by one of her four children on Mother’s Day, was originally recorded as an aneurysm.

    An inquest into Ms Nicholson’s death ruled she died accidentally after Trigg claimed he inadvertently rolled onto her in his sleep while they were on a sofa.

    Suffered violence

    Trigg blew out his cheeks as the verdicts were announced.

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

    Dr Cary found Ms Devlin’s death was caused by a blow to the back of her head.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-40511194

    The trial heard both women suffered violence at the hands of Trigg during their relationships with him.

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