Investigation into Susan Nicholson’s Death Opens; ITV news meridian

A new investigation into the death of Susan Nicholson begins today (June 21), 10 years after her death and four years after her murderer was convicted.

In 2011 Susan was killed by her then partner Robert Trigg. Sussex Police initially deemed her death to be non-suspicious, so the coroner upon their initial investigation determined that her death was accidental.

Susan’s parents, Peter and Elizabeth Skelton, fought for years to properly investigate Susan’s death.

After Peter and Elizabeth’s campaign, Sussex police re-investigated Susan’s death and Trigg was eventually convicted of the 2017 murder of Susan and the manslaughter of a former partner, Caroline Devlin.

He is currently serving a 25-year sentence for her death.

Robert Trigg is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for the deaths of the two women.

Following his conviction, the West Sussex Senior Coroner intended to conduct a brief investigation into simply changing the cause of death from “accidental” to “unlawful homicide”. Susan’s parents argued that the investigation should also look into the further circumstances of her death and, in particular, whether she could have been prevented.

The coroner refused, so Peter and Elizabeth filed for a judicial review. You were successful and the The High Court ordered in October 2020 that a wider investigation should be conducted, to comply with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to life.

The focus of this investigation will therefore be to investigate whether Police failures contributed to Susan’s murder. It runs through July 7th in front of the senior coroner for West Sussex, Penelope Schofield.

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