When Sarah Griffiths realised one of her employees was late for work she did what most employers would and called the girl to find out where she was. Thirty year old Nicola Pagington (pictured on the right) had been a model employee and it was unlike her to not come in without calling the office with a reason beforehand. When Nicola failed to answer the phone Sarah started to worry and, after trying to find her at other known contact numbers including her parent's house, she decided to visit Nicola at her home in Cirencester, Gloucestershire to see if she was alright.
When Sarah arrived at her employees home she knocked the door and, after failing to receive an answer, looked through the windows to see if anyone was home. That's when she noticed Nicola lying motionless on the bed. Enlisting the aid of neighbour Michelle Grant, she broke the door down and rushed to check on Nicola. The pair discovered Nicola was dead in her bed with her laptop still running and showing a pornographic movie on the screen. After lifting the covers they found that Nicola was naked from the waist down with a vibrator next to her.
Dr Richard Jones, a Home Office pathologist, ruled at this week's inquiry into Nicola Pagington's death that she had died from natural causes. The cause of death was found to be a heart arrhythmia, likely brought on by her state of arousal. The woman had literally masturbated to death.