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Af­ter the at­tack he’d turned on the gas taps and left the girls for dead, but they sur­vived and bravely gave ev­i­dence against him.

In May 2007, he was jailed for 21 years for the mur­der of An­ge­lika and po­lice be­gan to probe other miss­ing per­sons cases.

Tobin’s for­mer home in the Bath­gate area of West Loth­ian was searched in con­nec­tion with the dis­ap­pear­ance of teenager Vicky Hamil­ton, who had gone miss­ing in Fe­bru­ary 1991. A few weeks af­ter her dis­ap­pear­ance, Tobin moved 500 miles to Mar­gate in Kent.

In Novem­ber 2007, cops found the re­mains of Vicky buried in the gar­den of 50 Irvine Road in Mar­gate, where Tobin had lived in 1991. A neigh­bour re­called see­ing him dig­ging a hole so deep he’d asked if he was “off to Aus­tralia”. Tobin had said it was a ‘sand­pit’.

Po­lice then found the re­mains of a sec­ond girl in the Irvine Road gar­den – stu­dent Dina McNi­chol, 18, who had gone miss­ing af­ter leav­ing a mu­sic fes­ti­val in Hamp­shire in Au­gust 1991.

In sep­a­rate tri­als, Tobin was sen­tenced to 30 years for Vicky’s mur­der and, for Dina’s mur­der, he re­ceived his third life sen­tence.

David Wil­son, pro­fes­sor of crim­i­nol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham and a Tobin ex­pert, said: “He’s been killing in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, and we know he killed af­ter the Mil­len­nium. He could be our most pro­lific se­rial killer.”

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