A Teenage Girl Murdered By Convicted Killer

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A Teenage Girl Murdered By Convicted Killer

A teenage girl was murdered by convicted killer Peter Tobin within one year of his wife leaving him, a court has heard.

The jury in the trial of murdered 18-year-old A-level student Dinah McNicol heard that Scottish teenager Vicky Hamilton, 15, was murdered by Tobin after going missing in February 1991 from Bathgate, Edinburgh, where he once lived.

Giving evidence, Tobin's ex-wife, Cathy Wilson, told Chelmsford Crown Court they had met in 1986 when both were living in Brighton, Sussex. She told how their son Daniel was born in December 1987 and how they moved to Bathgate in 1989.

She said she left Tobin in April 1990 and moved to Portsmouth, Hampshire with their child. Tobin continued to live in Bathgate until he moved to Margate, Kent, in March 1991.

Ms Wilson said Tobin continued to have access to their son and would travel to Hampshire to collect him.

The court was told that after he sexually assaulted and murdered Miss Hamilton, Tobin transported her body to Margate and buried it in the back garden of one of his former homes.

Miss Hamilton's remains were found at the property in November 2007 alongside those of Miss McNicol.

Tobin - who also has a conviction for indecently assaulting two 14-year-old girls in the mid-1990s - was convicted of Miss Hamilton's murder and is serving a life sentence.

Miss McNicol, from Tillingham, Essex, vanished in August 1991 after attending a music festival in Liphook, Hampshire. She had met a man called David Tremlett at the gig and made her way home with him by hitching lifts.

Following one of the rides, Mr Tremlett said he got out of a green car driven by a man in his late 30s or early 40s with straw-coloured, wavy hair near Junction 8 of the M25 close to Reigate, Surrey, on Monday, August 6, 1991, and left Miss McNichol in the front seat to carry on her journey.

Mr Tremlett said he tried to call her later several times but got no answer.

Prosecutors say Tobin had a propensity to target, drug and sexually abuse girls. He denies killing Miss McNicol.

Source: ITN News, Wednesday, 24 June 2009



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