Ashes of serial killer Peter Tobin scattered at sea after his death aged 76

Death of Peter Tobin

The ashes of serial killer Peter Tobin have been scattered at sea after he died in hospital at the age of 76.

Tobin, who died last week, was serving life sentences at HMP Edinburgh for the murders of Angelika Kluk, Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol.

A cremation was held after his death at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after council took over funeral arrangements when no family member or next of kin came forward to claim the body.

A spokesperson for Edinburgh City Council confirmed on Sunday that his remains had been cremated in accordance with the law.

Death of Peter Tobin
From left to right, Angelika Kluk, Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol (PA)

“The cremation ashes have been scattered into the sea. The thoughts of council are with the victims of his crimes and their loved ones,” the spokesperson said.

Tobin died at 5:35 a.m. on October 8, according to his death certificate obtained by the Sunday Mail, with the cause listed as “undetermined (inquests ongoing)”.

Last month the newspaper reported that the killer, who was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, was lying “chained to a hospital bed” and appeared seriously ill.

The Sunday Mail said he had cancer, fell and broke his hip and refused to eat and take medicine.

Detective Chief Superintendent Laura Thomson, Major Crimes Officer at Police Scotland, said the latest attempts to encourage Tobin to “do the right thing and share any knowledge he may have had that could help the police have failed”.

Police have long suspected that Tobin had more casualties and hope he will reveal his secrets before he dies.

He was serving a life sentence for raping and murdering Polish student Angelika Kluk, 23, and hiding her body under the floor of a Glasgow church in 2006.

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.

Police believe he is responsible for the murders of other women as he has had at least 40 aliases and 150 cars in his lifetime.


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