‘Pure evil’ killer told he will die in prison

SERIAL killer Peter Tobin was last night labelled “pure evil” as police trawled unsolved crimes in an attempt to reveal the full horror of his criminal past.

The 63-year-old former church handyman was told yesterday he would die in jail as a senior detective asked: “Who knows if he has killed others?”

Jurors took 13 minutes to find Tobin — already serving life terms for the murders of 15-year-old Vicky Hamilton and Angelika Kluk, 23 — guilty of strangling 18-year-old Dinah McNicol.

Vicky’s father, Michael, sat near Dinah’s father, Ian, as jurors returned their verdict. “I’m glad he’s going to be in prison for the rest of his life,” he said. “I hope he lives to be 100.”

Tobin, from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, was jailed after a three-day trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

As Tobin was led from the dock, a friend of the McNicol family showed him a hand-written sign which read: “May all your dreams be nightmares.”

Dinah McNicol was the second teenager Tobin murdered in 1991 — less than 18 months after the break-up of his marriage.

She vanished in August while hitchhiking to her home in Tillingham, Essex, after leaving a music festival in Liphook, Hampshire.

Six months earlier, Vicky disappeared while waiting for a bus close to Tobin’s then home in Bathgate, near Edinburgh. Detectives investigating the girls’ disappearances focused their attention on Tobin after he was convicted of killing Angelika Kluk — a Polish student staying at a room in a Glasgow church — in May 2007.

They discovered the remains of Vicky and Dinah buried in the garden of a house in Margate, Kent, where Tobin moved to in March 1991.

“Rarely matters come before courts in this country that demonstrate human behaviour that is so self-serving and evil,” said Detective Superintendent Tim Wills, who led the inquiry into Dinah McNicol’s murder. “Peter Tobin I can only describe as pure evil.”

Tobin, who has a son in his early 20s, has lived in a variety of towns and cities, including Glasgow, Brighton, East Sussex, Margate, Kent, and Havant, Hampshire.

And the detective who set up the nationwide inquiry into Tobin’s background said police across Britain would leave “no stone unturned”.

Trial judge Mr Justice Calvert-Smith imposed a whole life jail term onTobin and told him: “This is the third time you have stood in the dock for murder. On all three occasions the evidence against you was overwhelming. Yet even now you refuse to come to terms with your guilt.”

Outside court, Dinah’s half-sister Sara Tizard said: “After all these years, we at last know the truth and justice has prevailed.”


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