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Man guilty of killing two ex-girlfriends five years apart

Victim’s family’s quest for justice led to Robert Trigg’s conviction.

An unemployed man has been found guilty of killing two of his former girlfriends five years apart following a long-running campaign by one of their families to get justice.

Robert Trigg, 52, murdered Susan Nicholson in 2011 as they slept on a sofa together, five years after he killed another partner, Caroline Devlin, 35, in her bed.

Both deaths in Worthing, West Sussex, were not thought to be suspicious at the time.

But the family of Ms Nicholson refused to accept the finding and launched a five-year campaign to get to the truth.

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Robert Trigg was found guilty by jurors after six and a half hours of deliberation (Gareth Fuller/PA)

The death of Ms Devlin, whose body was found by one of her four children on Mother’s Day 2006, was originally recorded as being due to natural causes, an aneurysm.

And 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.

But, following a 10-day trial at Lewes Crown Court, Trigg was convicted of Ms Nicholson’s murder and Ms Devlin’s manslaughter after six and a half hours of deliberation by jurors.

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