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Cambridge man guilty of murdering long-term partner

Robert Simpson-Scott has been found guilty of murder Credit: Police

A man who strangled his long-term partner at their home near Cambridge has been found guilty of murder.

44-year old Robert Simpson-Scott from Cambourne called the ambulance service in December last year telling them his girlfriend Sally Cavender was unconscious.

Simpson-Scott became uncooperative while on the phone to the call handler and during the call he said 'She's dead, she's gone, I've killed my wife'.

  • Listen to the 99 call Simpson-Scott made.

Miss Cavender was taken to hospital and doctors raised concerns about her injuries which included a fractured spine, multiple rib fractures and a hypoxic brain injury, meaning she was unable to breathe by herself. She also had extensive bruising around her eyes, neck and arms.

Police later arrested Simpson-Scott.

Lamb Drove, Cambourne Credit: ITV News Anglia

In police interview, Simpson-Scott answered ‘no comment’ to all questions and gave officers a prepared statement, which claimed Miss Cavender had suddenly lost consciousness.

He told police Miss Cavender, who lived in Sawston, had been his partner of 15 years and their relationship had never been violent – but both of them had “alcohol problems”.

Sally Cavender Credit: Family photo

“Sally was a bright and bubbly person but she also lacked self-confidence and battled with alcohol dependency for many years. While that led her to make very poor decisions about her lifestyle and choice of partner, she was a very vulnerable person and no-one deserves to have their life ended in the way that hers was.

Sally was killed just a few days before our mother died. Indeed, Robert was supposed to take Sally to see our mother the day after [he killed her]. Instead of a visit from Sally, my mum had a visit from the police.

Mum did everything she could to support Sally, and while as a family we wish we could have done more to help her, the reality was she was being controlled and used by an evil, manipulative man who did nothing to help her.

Those who knew Sally remember her as a lovely girl and now the trial is over, we hope to hold a memorial to remember happier times and we hope that Sally is now at peace.

We would like to thank the paramedics, police and pathologists, and all involved, in their hard work in investigating her tragic murder.”

– Nick Cavender, Sally's brother

Simpson-Scott will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Thursday 27th June.