Kevin Cobb was charged with drugging and killing Susan Annis (Image: Crime + Investigation)
The previous colleague of nurse Susan Annis who was drugged and murdered in 1996 by one other nurse has recalled the second he realised who her killer was.
The horrific particulars will unfold in Kym Marsh’s new crime documentary, Murder At My Door.
Annis was a devoted nurse practising at Crawley Common hospital in Sussex when in November 1996, aged 31, she went on a nursing course.
However tragedy struck when she fell right into a coma in her room after inviting fellow nurse Kevin Cobb, who she was on the course with, in for a drink.
Cobb had drugged Annis with a sedative known as midazolam, however due to her coronary heart situation, mixing alcohol with the drug had deadly penalties.
Regardless of Cobb’s and physician’s greatest efforts, Annis died in her room, and on the inquest, the coroner dismissed any suspicions and recorded an open verdict.
Susan was drugged and murdered in 1996(Image: Crime + Investigation)
Nonetheless, a colleague of Annis’ and a household pal, Physician John Parsley, by no means let go of his suspicion as he had all the time believed that one thing concerning the nurse’s demise wasn’t proper.
‘I knew Susan’s boyfriend and her GP and together with her inquest, her boyfriend requested me to return alongside as a result of he had by no means been to an inquest earlier than,’ he instructed us.
‘So we went alongside to the inquest together with her dad and mom and her brother and her GP got here alongside as properly.
Kevin Cobb was charged with Susan’s homicide (Image: PA)
‘When the coroner stated she had the drug midazolam in her abdomen, I simply checked out her GP and we simply thought “That is fallacious”.’
One thing about his former colleague’s demise didn’t sit proper with Dr Parsley, so he determined to research it additional himself.
After elevating his suspicion with the coroner and proving that the drug shouldn’t have been in her abdomen, Dr Parsley claims that on the time ‘they (the coroner) didn’t do something about it’.
It wasn’t till three years later at a celebration, that Dr Parsley found what had really occurred to Annis – and who her killer was.
Dr John Parsley had his suspicions all alongside (Image: Crime + Investigation)
‘I used to be invited to a retirement social gathering by one of many Nursing Sisters and she or he instructed me to get there early so we may have a catch up,’ he continued.
‘After we had been speaking she stated “Isn’t it a disgrace about Kevin?” and I stated “What’s he finished now?”.
‘She stated to me “Nicely I can’t fairly consider it, he’s raped a lady in casualty, and the humorous factor is that woman had midazolam in her blood”. And at that minute, I knew he had finished it (killed Susan) and that it was all real.’
Dr Parsley phoned the police right away and instructed they take a look at the nurse’s demise once more.
Officers then spoke to Charing Cross Hospital toxicology division.
The clinician there was all the time suspicious that Annis’ demise was something however ‘pure,’ and had gone in opposition to protocol and saved her abdomen contents within the hope the case could also be reopened.
It quickly grew to become clear to detectives that the inquest’s conclusions had been critically flawed, and so they instantly handled the investigation as homicide with one prime suspect, Kevin Cobb.
Over the course of the investigation, extra girls got here ahead, claiming they might have been sedated and raped by him, and in April 2000, Cobb went to the Outdated Bailey for the 1996 homicide of Annis.
The prosecution argued that when Cobb slipped the Midazolam into Annis’ cider, desiring to rape her as soon as the drug took impact, he knew she may not dwell.
After a six-week trial, Cobb wasn’t discovered responsible of homicide, however manslaughter, two counts of rape, and 4 for administering medication to commit sexual assault. He was sentenced to seven life phrases.
The four-part collection Homicide at my Door with Kym Marsh premieres on CRIME+INVESTIGATION with the fourth episode airing tonight.
Episodes shall be out there for 30 days on catch up and on-demand companies.