Rather, Trista’s sewer pipe had been a natural gas line running through it and when the plumber’s snake sliced through the fragile PVC of the gas pipe, a flash fire and then an explosion ensued.The plumber was badly burned and Trista barely escaped with her life. “It felt like the house had been bombed”, she recalled, in an interview with W5’s Tom Kennedy.
Trista, never one to shy away from a dirty job, rented a plumber’s snake and rolled up her sleeves.
Through his filthy windscreen, he spotted a pale mass in the distance, faintly illuminated by his tractor’s headlights.
Unsure of what he was seeing, he got out of his tractor and stood on the tire, then clicked on his flashlight, sweeping its beam through the darkness.
She lost her eldest child, who had three daughters, all teenagers.
She sat through the murder trial earlier this year and, although she did everything she could to avoid seeing graphic images in court, a photo was accidentally flashed on a screen during the proceedings.