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Ricky Gillespie is the ex-husband of Cate Gillespie, the father of Pippa Gillespie and uncle of Lisa Newbury, who were the two victims in the Sandbrook murder case. At the time of the murders he was living with his wife Cate Gillespie and only daughter Pippa. The Gillespie's own the adjoined house where lead suspect Lee Ashworth and his wife Claire Ripley live.

He wasn't seen in Series 1, however his wife had met with Beth Latimer to discuss how losing a child affected their lives. In Series 2, it is eventually revealed that he was involved in the deaths of his daughter and niece - Ricky was infatuated with Lisa and smashed her head against the floor in a jealous rage after catching her having sex with Lee, killing her. He told his daughter that Lee was the one who hurt her cousin. He gave Claire a flask of alcohol to give to Pippa to make her sleep, and he helped dispose of Lisa's body.

However, Pippa was then killed by Lee under the instructions of Claire. She claimed the death was accidental due to the combination of alcohol and whatever else Ricky had put in the flask, and Ricky believed her. Claire allowed him to see where she'd put Pippa's body so he could say goodbye. Ricky is presumably incarcerated after confessing to the police.

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