In November 1985, Pat Sugden had told Jack that she was pregnant again. In April 1986 Pat and Jack Sugden had a baby boy Robert Jacob Sugden, named after his two grandfathers. His godfather was Amos Brearly, who would one day be his step grandfather.
In 1989, Robert's much older brother Jackie Merrick died in a shooting incident.
Jack begun dating Sarah Connolly and she became an auxillary mother to Robert.
Max is forced to separate them and Robert tells Debbie that he doesn't care about her and was only interested in her because of Sarah and wanted to hurt Andy by taking his daughter away.
Debbie leaves and returns to the village, heartbroken.
Sarah and her lover were hiding and were trapped Richie got away but Sarah, too scared to jump off the bannister, was killed.
Robert later found that Andy started the fire and in May 2001 went to live with grandmother Annie in Spain. He shows a much darker side to his character as he starts taunting Andy.In 2005, Robert is seduced by yet another older woman, Sadie King. Katie finds erotic messages on Robert's phone from Robert to Sadie.Durign yet another feud over Debbie Dingle, Robert and Andy feud yet again.Robert sided with Sarah over his father but Jack won custody, as Sarah was not his biological mother.In November 2000, Jack was cash strapped so Andy planned a fire in one of the barns so Jack could claim on the insurance.Max decides not to go with Robert and asks Andy to drive him to the railway station.Filled with rage, Robert turns the car round and accelerates, driving straight at Andy's Land Rover. The Land Rover goes off the road and rolls onto its roof.As Robert was only 4 months old when his mum died, he grew up with no memories whatsoever of his mother.Robert was initially a quiet child and spent his early years being bought up by grandmother Annie Sugden and dad Jack.She found Jack too boring and did not want to become the new Annie Sugden, a farmers wife.Sarah left Jack for Richie, taking Victoria with them.