THE son of a woman killed by her lover when he was just nine has spoken of his awful loss.
Brandyn McKenna’s mother Caroline Devlin, 35, from Auchinleck, Ayrshire, was killed by her lover, Robert Trigg, who escaped justice for 11 years.
He suffocated the mum-of-four in a drunken rage but was not charged with her manslaughter until he murdered another partner, Sue Nicholson, five years later.
Trigg, 52, was jailed for life last July and was told he would serve a minimum of 25 years.
Caroline was killed by Trigg at the home they shared in Worthing, West Sussex.
She had moved south with her four children to start a new life.
Brandyn, 21, from Worthing, said: “Trigg stole my mum from me when I was just nine.
“She was the most caring mum anyone could wish for. We were all made to feel special and loved.
“Then our happiness was ended suddenly by a vicious attack inflicted on mum by Trigg.
“Now all we have left of mum are memories. She would give us wonderful birthday parties and life and was so loving in many other ways.
“Losing her is such a brutal way was devastating but we have all survived when it would have so easy to be destroyed by it all.
“Mum would have been so pleased at how we have all coped.”
Their uncle Bernard stepped in to bring up the four children, Gemma, then 16, Jordan 13, Cody, 10, and Brandyn, nine.
Their granny, Jean, and aunt Anne, in Cumnock, have supported them.
But the family remain devastated by the length of time it took police to bring Trigg to justice.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct said: “Following the conviction of Mr Trigg of the murder of Ms Nicholson and the manslaughter of Ms Devlin in 2017, Thames Valley Police was asked e to conduct a review of the original police investigations.
“The findings of this review were sent to Sussex Police in January and a referral was made to the IOPC in February. Our investigation is ongoing.”
Brandyn added: “All we want is the truth.”