The ashes of serial killer Peter Tobin have been scattered at sea after his body went unclaimed.
The killer, 76, was taken from HMP Edinburgh to hospital earlier this week after falling ill. He subsequently died and Edinburgh City Council confirmed he was cremated on Thursday.
Tobin was serving three life sentences for the murders of two women and a girl: Angelika Kluk, a 23-year-old student from Poland, Vicky Hamilton, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, and Dinah McNicol, 18.
It is believed that he killed other victims, but the extent of his violence may never be known.
If no relatives or next of kin come forward to claim a person’s body after death, funeral arrangements are the responsibility of the local authority.
A spokeswoman for the council said: ‘Peter Tobin’s remains have been cremated in accordance with the requirements of Section 87 of the Burials and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016.
“The ashes from the cremation have been scattered into the sea.
“Council’s thoughts are with the victims of his crimes and their loved ones.”
Tobin died in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary at 5.35am on Saturday October 8, according to a death certificate obtained by the Sunday Mail. His cause of death is recorded as “uncertain (inquiries pending)”.
This follows a series of failed attempts by the police to get Tobin to reveal information about other potential victims near the end of his life.
The newspaper reported last month that the serial killer lay “chained to a hospital bed” in a hospital gown, looking gravely ill. He also claimed that Tobin had cancer, suffered a broken hip, and refused to eat and take medicine.
Many police hours have been spent in recent years piecing together Tobin’s nomadic lifestyle and the variety of identities he hid behind.
Officers believe Tobin killed others and had at least 40 aliases and 150 cars in his lifetime to cover his tracks as he targeted vulnerable women.
It wasn’t until the murder and rape of Polish student Angelika Kluk in 2006 that her double life began to unravel.
Tobin – who used the false name Pat McLaughlin – stabbed and gagged her in September 2006 before hiding her remains under the floorboards of a Glasgow church.
The killer was also serving life sentences for the murders of Vicky Hamilton, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, from Redding, near Falkirk, in 1991, and Dinah McNicol, 18, the same year. Their bodies were found 17 years later, buried in the garden of his former home in Margate, Kent.
Former Strathclyde Police detective David Swindle, who led the investigation into Tobin, said he had no doubts the serial killer had murdered more people.
Addressing the BBC, he said: “Peter Tobin is evil. He is pure evil.
“He was someone who had no respect for humanity.”
He added: “He is a coward, who took his secrets to the grave.”